Get your fashion fix this October with the Great BT Charity Shops Challenge

by Clayre Sloan
Area Manager for Shops, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fashion Stylist Katrina Doran of shows BT volunteer Orla Young how to fashionably dress for less this Autumn.

The Great BT Shops Challenge on Thursday 3 October will see over 170 BT staff volunteer in seven Marie Curie shops across Northern Ireland and 10 Irish Cancer Society shops in the Republic of Ireland. 

They will stand in for the day to raise much needed funds for the charities - while competing against each other to see which shop has the biggest increase in takings.

We are delighted to be working with BT in their charity shops’ challenge this year. It’s a great way to raise awareness about the value for money, fashionable stock we have available in our stores for the autumn and winter season. We need more people to shop, donate and volunteer and this initiative by BT will certainly help on all these fronts.

The BT volunteers have been tasked with putting their retail, planning, marketing and selling skills to good use to generate extra stock for their designated shop ahead of the day. As part of the Challenge they’ll be encouraging friends, family and colleagues to donate their unwanted bric-a-brac as well as their most fashionable clothing cast offs that can be sold to customers.

Peter Morris, Corporate Services Director, BT said: “BT is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and we have a long and proud record of fundraising, volunteering and support. Last year alone BT Ireland volunteers gave back almost 13,000 hours of their time, worth £500,000, to causes that help to improve lives. As part of our recently launched Better Future programme our volunteering teams have been involved with some brilliant community challenges and we are excited to work with the Irish Cancer Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care to show our support, in a very practical way, for two very important charities.”