When we set up our Living & Giving shop with Mary Portas and Save the Children down at The Village in Westfield, we'd hoped to raise up to £20,000 over the three weeks that it was open. Well, here we are after just four days on the shop floor, happy to report that we have already raised a whopping £31,500! Which just goes to show, as we suspected, that Grazia readers love to shop almost as much as they love to give. Plus, if you're buying fashion that's going to help a child in a developing country survive, then it's a win-win-win situation for all of us. Going back to the shop floor and meeting all you Grazia readers generously giving your clothes and in one case putting on a name badge when we ran short of volunteers –thanks Siobhan Morgan! – is just brilliant. So cheers to you that have come and shopped, donated and volunteered. We salute you. To those of you that haven't yet, we still have 18 days to go. And we need your clothes now more than ever...
WHAT WAS GIVEN THIS WEEKEND:
1. A Dolce & Gabbana catwalk sample donated by an American lady who wished to remain anonymous. It sold to Donna Ida for £250.
2. Twenty brand new shirts in chic boxes, five styles in a full range of sizes, all from Margaret Howell.
3. A box of men's sweaters and silk summer dresses from Banana Republic.
HOW & WHEN YOU CAN GIVE!
Drop off your donations at any Save the Children shop in the UK or send your donations clearly marked for 'MARY'S LIVING AND GIVING SHOP' to Save the Children collection depot, 4a Cotton Brook Road, Sir Francis Ley Industrial Park South, Derby, DE23 8YH.
Alternatively, you can drop off your donations at Grazia HQ. Strictly between 9am and 6pm at 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JG. For further information call 020 7295 6779.
Come to Westfield London from 4-27 June and drop in your donations, before you carry on shopping. Mary's Charity Shop will be next door to Donna Ida and Twenty8Twelve on the first floor in The Village at Westfield. The shop closes on 27 June.
THE SHOP OPENING TIMES
Mary's Living and Giving shop is open Monday-Saturday: 10-9pm, Sunday: 12-6pm. From the 4-27 June.