South Yorkshire charity urges people to clear out their wardrobes

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A charity shop is asking people to open their hearts and wardrobes to support its latest campaign.

The Salvation Army Trading Company starts its new project on Monday with an appeal for people to donate unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to its charity shops in Sheffield, Swinton and Mexborough.

The Open Your Hearts and Wardrobes campaign encourages people to have a clear out and donate items they no longer wear.

Linda Mayers, from the Salvation Army, said: “The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, and about 30 per cent of it hasn’t been worn in the last year.

“We want to encourage people to think about what’s lurking in the back of their wardrobe that they might be able to donate.

“Whether it’s a shirt that doesn’t fit, a party dress that hasn’t seen daylight for years, or a handbag that’s been replaced with a newer model - whatever you can spare - each and every donation will help us raise money to support the valuable work of The Salvation Army.”