A CHARITY shop manager has stripped off her everyday clothes to promote Scope’s Great Donate appeal.

Toni Dixon swapped her normal shop uniform for a beach towel to highlight the charity’s quest to get people across the country to donate a million unwanted garments this month to support its work with disabled children and adults and their families.


One bag of clothes alone could raise £20 – enough to pay for a physio session for a disabled adult or child.

Mrs Dixon, manager of Scope’s Kendal and Windermere shops, said there had been ‘a very positive response’ to the appeal so far – with an extra 30 bags of garments a week at Scope’s shops on Kendal’s Highgate and Windermere’s Main Road.

It could mean an extra £600 a week for the charity.

“We will take anything, but we are short of ladies’ clothes and handbags at Kendal, while Windermere could do with men’s clothing and ladies’ bags,” said Toni.

Eye-catching cardboard cut-outs of disabled model Jack Eyers, inspired by the iconic Levi’s launderette ad, are now adorning Scope’s stores to promote the appeal.

The charity provides a lifeline by giving support, advice and information to more than 250,000 disabled people, their families and carers each year, on topics ranging from independent living to benefits, finding work, therapies and treatment.

It was formed in 1952 by three parents and a social worker who wanted disabled children to have equal rights to education.

Its first charity shop opened in 1970, and it now has almost 250 stores across the country.

To find out more, visit www.scope.org.uk, email helpline@scope.org.uk or call the free helpline on 0808-8003333 (open weekdays 9am to 5pm).