Oxfam today launches its first ever national emergency appeal for stock donations and festival donationsfollowing the biggest loss of donations in its 69-year history in a fire at its recycling facility. The charity faces a stock crisis after a fire destroyed Wastesaver, its unique sorting and recycling facility in Huddersfield. Wastesaver has been a crucial part of the charity’s shop network since 1967.
As a result, Oxfam is calling on the British public to help it overcome the unprecedented loss by donating any unwanted clothing and accessories to their local Oxfam shop or donation bank across the UK. The fire wiped out the clothing stock held for Oxfam’s popular festivals shop, which last year raised £250,000 and is scheduled to be at seven of this year’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Leeds and Bestival.
The appeal is being backed by big names from the fashion and retail industries including Whistles chief Jane Shepherdson and Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway.
Let’s do what we can, guys! Donate what you can to help. It’s about time for a good spring clean of your wardrobe anyway!