A charity designer clothes shop launched less than a year ago by a Burnley FC Director has achieved its first aim of raising £75,000 for two vital pieces of hospital equipment.
The ‘Cares Charity’ shop in Burnley town centre, set up by club director John Banaszkiewicz, has helped pay for and endoscope and a scope guide, which will be donated to Burnley General Hospital to help detect early cancer in adults and children.
Photographers and cameras are welcome to record this event, which will take place outside Labels, 68 Mall, Charter Walk, Burnley at 1.30pm.
Mr Banaszkiewicz said: “This has been a huge community effort. Customers purchasing bargain designer clothes have directly contributed to helping to buy these machines, which will be vital in detecting early cancer in patients.
“The Covid pandemic has meant that resources in hospitals have become stretched, so we know this equipment will be of a huge benefit to staff at the hospital.”
He added: “A special mention goes to BooHoo Group, who have donated the majority of the stock with Karen Millen and Coast, as well as help from Michelle B, Scruples and many others.
“A huge thank you, also, to everyone who helped get us to this position, form people who have bought the clothing to all the suppliers and contractors who made this possible.
“It’s such an important cause and we need more people to continue to shop with us, so we can do more.
We still need your support, are you a designer brand who would like to be involved or anyone who would like to help as a volunteer please contact us, but more important keep shopping with us as you are making a difference!
Contributor Anthony Fairclough added: “This donation means we can directly help the people of Burnley straight away by reducing waiting times for people worried about cancer”.
“I would like to thank all the dedicated staff, volunteers, suppliers and contractors, who have helped us get our first step on the ladder. This really has been, and continues to be, a community effort.”
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Christine Hughes, Director of Communications and Engagement at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said ‘On behalf of our hospital charity, ELHT&Me, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to John and everyone at CARES.
Their kindness and generosity is having a direct impact on the people of Burnley, and on early diagnosis of cancer. We strongly encourage anyone who suspects they may have cancer to see their GP, and anyone with an appointment at our hospitals should keep that appointment. Early diagnosis can have a huge impact on outcome.
Thank you again CARES!’
Opening of LABELS Designer Charity Shop
In March 2020, Cares opened the UK’s first designer charity shop, LABELS, based in Charter Walk, where 100% of the profit goes directly to the charity.
The Charity was set up in order to pay for vital equipment for Burnley cancer unit to purchase endoscopy equipment, in order to help detect cancer early.
Labels is now online www.labelsforcares.org