Louise Vance, stylist and fashion blogger from Belfast, who has taken part in a Christmas Challenge at Marie Curie Cancer Care’s charity shop on the Belmont Road.
The fashionista was invited by Marie Curie to put together a selection of party wear outfits on a £30 budget showing that fashion doesn’t have to break the bank this festive season!
Commenting on the challenge, Louise said:
“We ladies love our glamorous festive party looks, and shopping with Marie Curie is the best way of finding that perfect Christmas party outfit! Their shops are a treasure trove of vintage finds, from stylish dresses to glitzy accessories and they are one of the best ways of creating a really unique, individual look at a bargain price!”
Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Shops Area Manager, Clayre Sloan, added: “By shopping in one of our Marie Curie shops people are not only getting great bargains but they are also giving something back to others in need. The money we raise in our shops helps pay for free care to hundreds of patients across Northern Ireland each year. £20 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness for an hour and £435 pays for someone with a terminal illness to stay in the Hospice for 24 hours.
As well as caring for patients, the charity provides services for families and carers including support groups and counselling which is all the more important at Christmas time. However little you donate to us this Christmas time will be gratefully received.”
Marie Curie has 18 shops across Northern Ireland and they are appealing to Northern Irish shoppers to be a little more savvy this festive season. To find out more or to locate your local Marie Curie shop visit http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-GB/fundraising-volunteering/Marie-Curie-Shops/