Charity shop manager Carina Walker certainly has a passion for fashion.
She managed to rise to the challenge of wearing 30 different outfits in 30 days – all from Trinity Hospice’s charity shops, as part of the hospice’s spring fashion campaign.
The outfits will feature in a fashion show, at Wyre’s community showcase, at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, on Thursday.
Trinity’s shops generate around £300,000 a year for its vital work providing palliative care for the Fylde coast, thanks to donations of clothing and other items from local residents.
Carina donned the outfits and had her photo taken each day, promoting her challenge on social media.
Carina, who manages Trinity’s shops on Central Drive and Poulton, said: “I had to be really organised to try to put the outfits together, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it could be.
“I was really surprised at how it was actually possible to put together 30 outfits for 30 days.
“I was quite surprised by some of the items we had given to us, too, the range of colours and sizes and different items – even down to accessories like shoes and bags.
“People are very generous with what they donate to us.
“The aim of the challenge was to raise awareness of the charity shops and the role they play at Trinity, as well as the fact it is possible to find lots of different outfits at charity shops.
“There is some stigma attached to charity shops, so this was partly to tackle that, too.
“We have items donated from a wide variety of people and we have customers in the shops from all walks of life.
“I buy a lot of my clothes from charity shops and people often compliment me on them and ask where I get them. I had some great feedback on Twitter, too, from the posts of my 30 outfits.
“For the challenge, I split outfits up into categories to give examples of different looks – things like sports, casual, office wear, day wear and evening wear.
“My mum was really good – taking all the photos for me.
“I’ve never been a fashionista, but I was able to put all these outfits together – and I feel I’ve learned a bit about fashion from it.
“The items will be on show at the fashion show at the community showcase on Thursday, which runs between 1pm and 4pm.
“I really hope my challenge will have helped raise awareness.”
To find out more, visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk