Monday 11 December 2017

Emmaus UK kicks off week two of the Second Hand Santa Challenge


On Monday 11th December, Emmaus UK kicks off week-two of its Second Hand Santa challenge, with some of the UKs top upcycling, thrift and fashion bloggers sharing their bespoke Christmas jumpers and party outfits created using second-hand items found in Emmaus charity shops.

In the lead-up to Christmas the group of 4 bloggers from across the country have been sharing their creations on their blogs and social media channels to show others how they can make the most of Christmas on a budget, and encourage more people to shop with Emmaus.

Each week of the challenge covers a different theme featuring Christmas decorations in week one, Christmas jumpers and party outfits in week two and Christmas gifts in week three.

Emmaus staff and companions (formerly homeless people) will also be sharing their hints, tips and creations on social media to encourage people to get involved in the challenge and visit their local Emmaus shop for a Christmas bargain.

Jasmine Farram from fashion blog Style Me Thrift, said:

I knew straight away that I wanted my party look to feel very bohemian, staying true to my personal style and looking beyond the usual black glittery number you usually see for the party season. Don't go in looking for something specific, you will never find it. Be open to rummaging through the rails as you never know what treasures you will find." 

Week-two will feature:

Monday – The Cambridge Drunken Nitwits, Cambridge
Tuesday – Jasmine Farram, Style Me Thrift, Hastings
Wednesday – Hailey Tibbetts, Emmaus Leicestershire Shop Manager
Thursday – Hannah, Paloma in Disguise, London
Friday – Helen Brown, Kecks Clothing, Bristol

All money raised in Emmaus charity shops goes directly back into running of each Emmaus community and supporting companions to rebuild their self-esteem and move on with their lives.

There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting more than 800 companions in the UK. In addition there are four Emmaus groups, all of which are working towards setting up an Emmaus community in their area. Emmaus aims to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.