Spark Joy this Spring & Help Vulnerable Children at the Same Time

UK charity Barnardo's are asking people to 'spark joy' this spring by having a Marie Kondo-style clear out and donating pre-loved clothes to its 'Big Spring Clean' initiative.

In her hit Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo families are urged to create more space and organisation in their homes while holding on to the clothes that spark joy.  Barnardo's urges people to take inspiration from the tidying sensation and to spring clean your cupboards of any clothes which no longer spark joy.

As households across the UK embark on their own spring cleans, Barnardo’s is encouraging people to donate any pre-loved clothes to its shops, where they will not only spark joy for other people but also raise money for vulnerable children and young people.

As the weather starts improving it's time to take out last year's spring and summer wardrobe for review - how much sparks joy?

Donating your unwanted clothing also has a positive effect on the environment, with a Barnardo’s survey finding that Britons could be hoarding more than 640 million items that they no longer wear.  A study by Fashion Revolution, extending the life of clothing by a further nine months would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each.

Donating to Barnardo's shops helps the charity to provide frontline services supporting children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.

Barnardo's has more than 700 charity shops across the UK, you can also shop online.  While dropping off pre-loved items at their local Barnardo’s store, customers can also take the opportunity to revamp their wardrobes by browsing the wide range of Spring fashion and unique gems that shops have on offer.

To find out where your nearest Barnardo’s store is or for more information visit:

All profits from the sale of goods will help the UK's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.  Last year 301,100 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

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