House of Shirts

Manchester asked to donate shirts to build biggest ever House of Shirts in aid of Shelter

By Lee Isherwood | September 23rd '11

Manchester asked to donate its unwanted shirts in bid to build biggest ever House of Shirts in aid of Shelter

T.M. Lewin Partners Up With Housing And Homeless Charity To Give Old Shirts A New Home
 Wednesday 28th September 2011 8am – 6.30pm

The world’s biggest house of shirts is set to be built in Manchester as part of T.M. Lewin’ s National Shirt Exchange Week (26th September – 2nd October 2011) in partnership with Shelter.

The house, which will be built entirely out of shirts donated on the day, will be erected in Hardman Square in Spinningfields.

T.M. Lewin is appealing to people across Manchester to drop off their unwanted shirts between 8am and 6.30pm on Wednesday 28th September –  all of which will be given to Shelter to sell in their shops after the event. In return, T.M.Lewin will be donating £2 from the sale of every shirt purchased throughout the week to the charity which helps people in desperate housing need so they can find and keep a home.

A house of shirts will also be built in Paternoster Square in London on Monday 26th September.

Customers who are unable to visit a T.M.Lewin store can still take part and donate, as T.M.Lewin will be running the shirt exchange initiative online at www.tmlewin.co.uk. Online shoppers will be sent a donation bag enabling them to take their unwanted shirts into their local Shelter store.

Geoff Quinn, T.M.Lewin CEO, said: “I’m really pleased T.M.Lewin are working with Shelter. Our aim is to both donate shirts from our customers and to raise much needed funds for people in housing need. We all have old shirts tucked away in our cupboard – please dig them out and join in our shirt exchange so we can all support Shelter together.”

Kate Pollard, Head of Corporate Community and Events at Shelter, said: “In the current climate we are seeing more and more people coming to us who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. This campaign is an easy way for anyone to raise money for Shelter by giving an old shirt a new home or getting a new addition to his or her wardrobe. Either way the money raised through this campaign will be a vital resource for us in helping those in housing need.”