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Students give charity shops a makeover

Charity shops were given a festive makeover by a group of college students in an aim to boost their funds before Christmas.

The students from North West Kent College, in Dartford, used their skills to design window displays for three EllenorLions Hospice shops in the region.

The girls, who are all studying fashion retail at the college, worked on a theme of A Family Christmas at Home to decorate the shops. They had a budget of £20 per window.

Farhad Diba, Ellie O’Rourke and Terri Martin transformed the window at the charity’s Dartford Priory Centre store into a cosy Christmas living room for the project, while Rhiannon Bernard, Kerry Asplet and Abby Cahil installed a Christmas bedroom in the window of the Bexleyheath shop. Molly Keating, Amelia Dawson and Julia Johnson created a Christmas dinner table scene at a shop in Crayford.

The teams were hoping the designs would catch the eyes of shoppers and boost sales for the charity shops during the run-up to Christmas.

EllenorLions Hospices finance director Tim Hammond said: “With the help of the fashion students’ creative thinking and stunning work, we hope to show local shoppers what good value their local EllenorLions charity shop can be at Christmas time and how we can offer something different.

“The money that we raise from our shops, over the Christmas period and throughout the year, provide much needed vital funds, so that we can continue to provide first class all-encompassing care in our local community whenever it is needed.”

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