Charity clothes drive launched at Curves gym

L-R: Carol Towning (Curves Gym Member) & Jackie Haggerty (Manager Bexhill Caring Community) SUS-150318-121102001
L-R: Carol Towning (Curves Gym Member) & Jackie Haggerty (Manager Bexhill Caring Community) SUS-150318-121102001

A Bexhill gym has launched a clothes drive to help raise funds for a much-loved local charity.

Curves is appealing for residents to donate their unwanted clothing in aid of Bexhill Caring Community, the gym’s neighbour in Sackville Road.

The clothing drive, which was officially launched on Tuesday (March 17), will run until the end of April.

The clothes will either be sold from the sale rail in Curves or be sold on to a bulk recycler.

Members of Curves are already enthusiastically joining in with the scheme.

Curves member Carol Towning said: “I had two hips replaced last year and put on a lot of weight through inactivity.

I think it’s great that the clothes that no longer fit me can help raise money for our town’s fantastic charity

Carol Towning

“So I joined Curves four months ago to get healthy and since then I’ve lost 23lbs.

“So I think it’s great that the clothes that no longer fit me can help raise money for our town’s fantastic charity.”

Curves has also promised that anyone who joins them before May, and donates a bag of clothing, will join for free.

Jackie Haggerty, manager of Bexhill Caring Community, said: “This is a fantastic way for a local business and charity to come together to help the local community.

“88 percent of our staff are unpaid volunteers so, as we’re able to keep our overheads low, as much of any monies raised as possible goes directly into helping those in need in our local area.”

To find out more about Bexhill Caring Community, visit www.bexhillcaringcommunity.org.

* The charity is looking for volunteers to help out at its Nan Wilding Day Centre.

Christina Chinn, from the centre, said: “We are always keen to recruit new helpers especially as escorts on our day centre buses.

“It is so rewarding to see the pleasure a friendly word can evoke, and we do have fun and banter throughout the day.

“Anyone interested in becoming a helper, please contact Angela on 01424 215116.”