One of a kind designer bag to help Oxfam

Bernice Smith models a one off fiorelli bag being auctioned at Oxfam
Bernice Smith models a one off fiorelli bag being auctioned at Oxfam
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A WHITBY charity shop has been donated a unique raffle prize by a designer handbag company.

Staff at Oxfam, on New Quay Road, were amazed to discover that popular designer Fiorelli has donated a one-of-a-kind handbag to their fund-raising cause, which this year focusses around providing food and water for impoverished African communities.

Store manager Margaret Humberstone said: “We were stunned when we saw it, especially when we discovered the bag is a one-off.

“It was really generous of them.”

Oxfam were forced to restart their fund-raising efforts after thieves stole donations earlier in the year.

Fiorelli handbags can retail for up to £150 and this unique example is believed to be leather, with faux fur and embedded with diamante crystals.

The prize is proving popular and Oxfam has already recovered the amount that was lost.

Mrs Humberstone added: “It’s going really well and we have already got £150 so we are well on our way to our target of £450.

“What we do when we’ve raised enough is we purchase an unwrapped gift from our new range, available in the store, and so we know the money is being given direct to the project.”

Other raffle prizes include a top, donated by Coronation Street, that was worn by the character Liz McDonald.

There is also memorabilia from EastEnders and Emmerdale, a giant Toblerone, two boxes of Golden Wonder crisps and a hamper of items donated from Lidl, among many other prizes.

Tickets, which can be purchased from the New Quay Road store, £5 per strip for the Fiorelli bag raffle and £1 per strip for the normal raffle.

Winning tickets will be drawn on 29 October.