Businesses Get Ready To Run A Charity Shop For A Day

15 BUSINESSES from across Northern Ireland are supporting their employees as they roll up their ‘designer’ sleeves, get creative and take on running an Action Cancer shop for a day.

On Friday October 9, the teams will present their activities to Gareth Kirk (Action Cancer CE), Inez Fowler (Action Cancer Ambassador) and Elaine Birchall (SHS Group CE) as part of the Boardroom Showdown at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast.

Hilary Hanberry, Volunteering Manager from Business in the Community said: “This is the third year of the Cares Shops’ Challenge in partnership with Action Cancer. If you think The Apprentice, you’ll understand how the challenge works.

“Volunteers from various businesses use their entrepreneurial skills, business acumen and years of collective experience to increase donations, footfall and sales at their particular shop.

“The companies involved are committed to doing business responsibly and this employer supported volunteering challenge offers multiple benefits – enabling employees to take on and project manage the challenge, use their skills and wits to fundraise, get creative in organising and promoting ‘their’ shop and raising awareness of early cancer detection amongst their colleagues.

“It’s hard work but great fun and whether your style is fashion forward like Lady Gaga, more subtle like Dame Helen Mirren or princess perfect like Kate Middleton, our busy teams cater for everyone’s choice. You can pick up an outfit for under a tenner and come out catwalk ready.”

Hilary Hanberry (BITC), Paula McAuley (All-Tex), Judges Gareth Kirk and Elaine Birchall

Hilary Hanberry (BITC), Paula McAuley (All-Tex), Judges Gareth Kirk and Elaine Birchall

Companies taking part include: Bangor Academy, Boots, BT, Cornmarket Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fujitsu, Funeral Services NI, Genesis Crafty, GE Global, Lloyds TSB, Marks and Spencer, MJM, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, People 1st and SPAR.

They’re already hard at work fundraising and preparing for takeover day on Thursday September 17. If you want to turn your fashion fails into fashion fantastic, support the shop closest to you on the day and grab your bargains.

The shops involved in this year’s challenge are; Bangor Furniture, Lurgan, Enniskillen, Ormeau Road, Lisburn Furniture, Something Different (Lisburn Road), Cookstown, Lisburn Boutique, Bangor Boutique, Derry/Londonderry, Newry, Cregagh Road, Andersonstown, Ballyclare and Carrickfergus.

For more information visit or call 028 9080 3344.