Nottingham pub The Orange Tree is staging a swap shop to raise money for cancer caring centre Maggie’s.

The event, which takes place on Thursday February 16th at the pub in Shakespeare Street from 8pm, is the ideal opportunity to swap unwanted Christmas presents, freshen up a wardrobe, bag a bargain or trade redundant items for something different.

Clothes swapping events have become particularly popular in the current economic climate, as fashion fans aim to revamp their look without shelling out a fortune. But this event goes one step further by offering people the chance to swap not only clothes but anything that they no longer want – from unwanted gifts to duplicate items.

“It’s a great idea to swap things that you don’t want any more for items that others have donated,” said Orange Tree general manager Mel Newbold. “It’s a very environmentally friendly way of gaining some new outfits or new items.

”It’s an opportunity to collect some cool stuff, while at the same time finding new homes for things you no longer wear or no longer need that are cluttering up your home. It’s going to be aimed at both men and women, so we hope to have a real range of items available.”

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the £3million Maggie’s centre, which was officially opened in November at Nottingham City Hospital following a huge fund-raising appeal locally.

The centre, which offers free emotional, psychological and practical support to patients and their families, needs to raise £350,000 a year towards operating costs.

To take part in the charity swap shop event at The Orange Tree take your items to The Orange Tree between Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th February and swap them for tokens which will be available to ‘spend’ on the night of the swap shop event.

Entry to the event on February 16th costs £2 and it will also be possible to buy tokens on the night if you haven’t got anything to swap.

“We’ve supported Maggie’s for quite a while now, with our club card scheme, and we’re hoping that customers will really get behind the event and help us to raise as much as possible,” said Mel.

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