Hundreds go to Rutland Macmillan Clothing Sale raising £26,000

Diane Streatfield examines a rack of clothes
Diane Streatfield examines a rack of clothes

HUNDREDS of people stocked up on nearly new clothes at a charity sale.

The 46th Rutland Macmillan Clothing Sale took place last Friday and Saturday at Barnsdale Lodge.

The ticket-only event on Friday evening which included champagne and canapes was enjoyed by hundreds of eager shoppers, with takings totalling £26,000.

The High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson cut the ribbon to declare the event on Saturday open, where £15,000 was taken.

With additional donations, the total takings were £56,000 but it is not yet known how much is profit.

Nearly new clothing and accessories for men, women and children were on sale, as well as wedding dresses and designer wear.

The annual sale is held to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Trish Ruddle, who organised the event with Elizabeth Mills, said it was a “huge success”.

She said: “It went fantastically well. We were delighted. We don’t yet know how much we have made for the charity but we are expecting it to be up on last year’s profit of £46,000.”

Mrs Ruddle said that a new layout of the event, which gave extra space for men’s clothing and a changing area, was met with a positive response.

She said: “The move around just allowed for a little bit more space for men to try things on. We always have a bit of trouble trying to attract men, so I think that was positive.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere though and we were all so pleased with the fantastic support we received.”

Mrs Ruddle thanked the 60 sale volunteers who helped make the event such a success, everyone who donated items and Barnsdale Lodge.

Any unsold items will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Organisers are already planning next year’s event, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.