Pupils’ invitation to Schwop til you drop!

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IF you are looking for a new Summer wardrobe without having to break the bank then go along to Burntisland Parish Church tomorrow (Friday).

Three Balwearie High School pupils have organised a ‘Clothes Schwopping’ event where you can trade any of your unwanted items of clothing and update your own summer wardrobe for just a £5 donation.

Students Abbi Wallace (14), Beth Lyon (15) and Catriona Rennie (14), who are all from Burntisland, are organising the ladies outfit swapping evening as part of their fundraising efforts to enable them to take part in an educational expedition to Bolivia with the organisation World Challenge in June 2014.

As part of the challenge those taking part must raise the cost of financing the month-long trip of a lifetime themselves.

The girls, who are all in S3 and have been friends since childhood, have so far organised a ceilidh, a sponsored abseil and a beetle drive, but are by far the most excited about this event which they have spent a long time planning.

Beth said: “We have already had some great designer items donated that my mum is eyeing up, and we hope that as many people as possible will come along and join in to make it as enjoyable as possible.”

The girls’ mums, who have been helping their daughters to organise the event, explained: “Everyone has bought some item of clothing that seemed like a good idea at the time, worn it once then shoved it to the back of the wardrobe.

“By shwopping you trade it for something that suits you; it’s good for the environment and painless for your purse.”

How it works is that ladies donate their good quality shoes, clothing, handbags or jewellery a few days before the event. Then on the night they pay a £5 entry fee which entitles them to browse the clothes rails and try on any items which catch their eye.

Then the bell rings, and the shwopping begins, with every person able to take home as many items as they donate. They can also pay a small charge for any additional items they would like.

Rhona Lyon, Beth’s mum added: “You can walk away having had a great night out with your friends and having gained a few new outfits, and just having paid £5 to do so! It’s great fun, so why not get the girls together and have a good night out?”

As well as shwopping, participants can enjoy a glass of wine while browsing the many stalls available on the night, including The Body Shop, eyebrow threading, local jewellery designers, cupcakes and much more.

Doors open at 7.30 p.m. and entry is £5 per person.

For tickets and to arrange dropping off clothing either beforehand or on the evening, call 07887 397612 or (01592) 873427.