A Swish clothes swap hailed a success with hundreds raised for Streetlife in Blackpool

Linda Mallinson and Jill Clark
Linda Mallinson and Jill Clark
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A Swish clothes swap event has raised more than £600 to help the homeless community in Blackpool.

Sarah Harris, who runs Colour Me Beautiful, organised the event at Vicarage Park Community Centre, Poulton, to support Streetlife.

The clothes at the Swish event

The clothes at the Swish event

Sales of £318 were made on the day, with leftover stock sold on eBay by Streetlife, adding more than £300 to the coffers. Colour Me Beautiful colleagues offered style and make-up advice and shoppers enjoyed home-made cakes, which were handed out to the homeless at the end of the day.

Sarah, of Poulton, said: "It was really enjoyable and everyone that came had a successful swap and had plenty of homemade cakes. We raised £318 on the day and the clothes left over were taken by Streetlife to be sold on eBay to raise more funds. Volunteers were kind enough to take the delicious cakes that were left over to the homeless.

"I really enjoyed the event and had some very positive feedback, as everyone went home happy with some wonderful items and they are all looking forward to the next one.

"It was a family affair as my mum, Marie Metcalf, my daughter, my nieces Patience Scarles and Bismah Ballout, my sister Kate Ballout and brother Edward Metcalf also helped out."

Marie Metcalf, Patience Scarles, Kitty Harris and Bismah Ballout

Marie Metcalf, Patience Scarles, Kitty Harris and Bismah Ballout

Sarah, whose husband was the late ventriloquist Keith Harris, is now planning another event next year.

Julie from Streetlife with helpers Patience Scarles, Bismah Ballout and Sarah Harris at the Swish event

Julie from Streetlife with helpers Patience Scarles, Bismah Ballout and Sarah Harris at the Swish event