A pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, a bag by Frank Usher and dresses by designer Karen Millen are some of the goodies up for grabs at the annual St Peter’s Hospice Festive Frocks event.
Staff at the charity’s Westbury-on-Trym shop have been busy squirrelling away donations of designer and top brand dresses, tops and trousers – along with accessories including shoes, handbags and jewellery – over the last year ready for the fundraising event which is now in its 10th year.
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Goodies up for grabs at the event is a pair of Christian Louboutin black peep-toe shoes which retail at £500 and a plethora of glamorous dresses and accessories.
Also included in the sale is a £160 Karen Millen dress – with a price tag of £49.99.
This year there will be 500 different items up for sale at the event which runs from 6.30pm-9pm on November 13 at the Canford Lane shop.
But those interested in grabbing themselves a bargain to ensure they sparkle this festive season will have to be quick.
There are only 100 tickets up for grabs and already they are selling fast.
Shop manager Mandi Gibbs, who has been involved with the hospice for 14 years, said: ” Everything we receive is donated stock and a lot of items are brand new with the tags still on.
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“Prices start from under £10 and dresses normally go up to about £50 although many are cheaper than that.
“What we offer here is beautiful items at around a quarter of the retail price.
“The Festive Frocks event is always really popular and for us is the kick start to the Christmas season.”
Mandi and her team spend days carefully preparing the stock before rearranging the space in the shop to display all the items.
Last year’s event raised £1379 for the hospice.
“The care we provide costs £13.89 a minute, said Mandi.
“Our aim on our Festive Frocks evening is to raise £2,083, which will be enough to pay for all the hospice care during the time the event is running.
“The event is a great opportunity for people to sort out their whole Christmas outfit and get their Christmas shopping done early.
“We really value the kindness and generosity of the local community who donate us all this lovely stock as without them we wouldn’t be able to hold the event.”
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As well as this being a special 10th anniversary event, Festive Frocks is also being held at the same time at the hospice has launched its Room to Care Appeal -backed by the Bristol Post – to raise £1.5 million for a new inpatient unit at the Brentry site.
The shop’s windows have all been dressed with a Room to Care Appeal theme. Talented Mandi has even created a special advent house with 15 rooms to highlight the need for the new 15 bed inpatient unit.
Small angels have been popped in each room within the advent house which Mandi says is to represent the nurses who work at the unit.
Mandi – who first started at St Peter’s Hospice as a volunteer working each Friday in the Westbury on Trym shop -has also spent hours of her own time, with the help of her graphic designer husband Phillip, to create special Room to Care Appeal price tags for items.
“Festive Frocks always makes a significant amount for the hospice ” said Mandi, “but we want this year to be extra special because it is our 10th event and there is the fundraising for the Room to Care Appeal.”
Tickets for Festive Frocks cost £3 in advance from the shop or £5 on the door. However the cost of the ticket price will be deducted from any purchase made on the evening.
Tickets will also be placed into a prize draw to win a range of prizes donated by local businesses.
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Mandi and her team are still on the lookout for prizes for the draw and would like to hear from any businesses or individuals who would like to donate.