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Shelter having a ball after £21,000 dresses donation

Shelter dressesA charity for the homeless was delighted to receive a donation of ball gowns and prom dresses, and even more so when they turned out to be worth more than £21,000.

Shelter Scotland’s Dundee shop was gifted the 60 designer dresses – all with their original price tags attached.

The items are now on sale in the charity’s Perth Road shop for £30 each – about a tenth of their original price. The total value of the donation is estimated to be £21,300.

Knitwear, skirts, jackets and trousers were also donated, also with original price tags.

They came from Prego Boutique in Broughty Ferry. Owner Liza Sinclair said that she chose to donate the items after hearing about Shelter Scotland’s work.

For every item sold, Shelter Scotland says it can help three people through its free national helpline. If every item is sold for £30, the charity has the potential to help over 250 families and individuals facing homelessness or bad housing.

Karen Kelbie, who has managed the Dundee Shelter Scotland shop for 20 years, said: “In my 20 years of managing the shop, I’ve never seen anything like it. We’re all still in shock.

“The dresses are just beautiful and perfect for anyone who has a formal occasion coming up – a wedding, a school prom or graduation ball.”

Donor Liza Sinclair said: “Many of our staff and customers live very fortunate lives where we don’t have to think about where we’re going to sleep each night or if we’re going to lose the roof over our heads altogether.

“After hearing about the vital work of Shelter Scotland I was moved to do whatever I could to help those in need and a donation of some of our beautiful dresses to the Dundee shop made perfect sense.

“If by doing our little bit we can make a difference to even one person, then it’ll all be worth it.”

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are humbled that Liza and everyone at Prego Boutique thought of Shelter Scotland when making this generous donation.

“Every penny raised from the sales will go towards our fight to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.”

In Scotland 150,000 households are on waiting lists for a home and over 35,000 people made homelessness applications in the last year

Last year Shelter Scotland’s Aberdeen shop received a mystery donation of designer goods worth £5,000. The charity shop sold out of the designer label attire within 24 hours.



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