The Suit Amnesty’s second annual campaign has come to a close and we are delighted to report that it has been another massive success. Across the country we had a whole host of businesses taking part and people have been as generous as ever with their unwanted workwear. From libraries to theatres and pension companies to banks, all sorts of companies and venues have been championing our cause and acting as drop-off points. And we’ve been graced by a raft of celeb support too – James Cordon, Ruth Langsford and Kate Walsh have been getting in on the act and helping us to spread the word.
All of which means The Suit Amnesty has been bigger and better than last year and shows what a caring, thoughtful bunch us Brits are. More than 3,000 suits have been donated (with more still to come), and our partner charities are over the moon, so THANK YOU!!
Me with the suits collected so far!!
Here are just some of the things those involved in the campaign have been saying:
“Our wonderful suits make a big difference to homeless people’s ability to get back into work. When they go to interviews, they really look and feel the part.” Amanda Croome, Booth Centre Co-ordinator
“We’re delighted to have been involved for the second year running. The suits are really great quality and invaluable for our ‘Back to Work’ scheme – they give people a real confidence boost ahead of an interview.” Penny Roberts, Connection St Martins – London.
“Self confidence is very personal – a feeling someone has when they know everything, for them, is just right. We can help our clients prepare in lots of ways for employment and being well presented is a really important part of that.” Val Nevin, Assistant Director at the Cyrenians – Newcastle.
Paul from Cyreians in Newcastle getting a new suit
“The Suit Amnesty campaign fits well with our objective to deliver help in the area of employability and we hope to be able to make a real difference to those that need it most.” Mark Menton, assurance director and community affairs leader for PWC North East.
Member of staff from PwC with their stash of suits
“Suit Amnesty created an extra buzz for our business as it got people talking and really seemed to strike a note with everyone who came into contact with us. The quality of the suits donated was impressive and the thought that they are going to such good use has been truly inspiring. Not only that but partaking in the campaign helped raise awareness of The Marketers’ Forum as we were featured in the Guardian – re-gifting has been rewarding in more ways than one!” Abby Beckley from drop-off point the Marketers Forum.
“The suit amnesty was an excellent initiative and we were delighted to take part. We had a fantastic response from the public and generated some strong PR locally, including TV, radio and print. It was great to be able to do something so worthwhile, and it really benefitted our business too.” Rebecca Stannard, Hawksford.
Pictures from some of ther other collection points:
Sandman hotel staff with their collection of suits
As you can see, everyone is delighted with what we have been able to do in just a few short weeks, so a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in The Suit Amnesty.
See you next year!
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