Birmingham Suit Amnesty is back
The Birmingham Suit Amnesty is returning with volunteers being urged to put their unwanted suits to good use through charities.
Anyone tired of, or who has grown out of, their suits are being urged to donate their apparel which will be used to help disadvantaged people look the part for when they go to job interviews. Last year’s ‘amnesty’ collected 1,000 suits.
Thrive’s Birmingham Suit Amnesty grew from an idea at a Thrive Forum. It inspired Graham Nicoll, Regional Centre Head at Barclays Wealth in Birmingham, and Fidelis Hynam, now a fundraiser at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to put the idea into action.
Fidelis and Graham are again helping co-ordinate the amnesty and they rely heavily on local businesses.
Graham said: “The 2007 event was very successful and we are asking people to donate suits, whatever size or shape, by bringing them to Birmingham Town Hall on October 10 between 7.30am and 4.30pm. Last year a lot of time, money and effort was spent on dry cleaning so this year we are asking people to get suits cleaned before they bring them in.”
Mailwash Dry Cleaning, at Broadway Plaza, is running a special offer for suits to be cleaned on the run up to the day. It will cost £5 for a suit rather than £11.
Kate Bartram, from Mailwash, said: “This is our way of helping the amnesty. We will also be acting as a collection point for suits at Broadway Plaza making it quick and easy for busy city workers to donate suits.”
Arthur Webb, General manager of Broadway Plaza, one of the amnesty’s supporters, said: “I knew last year’s event had been very successful. It’s such a simple idea. There must be thousands more unwanted suits gathering dust all over the city, with thousands more people without enough money to buy one.
“Owning a good suit is something many of us take for granted, so to give young people a leg-up on to the employment ladder or something warm to wear is such a gift.”
Charities who feel they could use the suits to benefit individuals they support should contact: Fidelis Hynam on 0121 333 8539 or 07920 593577.