A Barrowford-based vlogger has completed a round trip of all 10 Pendleside Hospice charity shops in one day to highlight the need for people to shop more sustainably.
Freya Farrington, 27, has almost 35,000 followers on Instagram with a similar number of subscribers following her fashion and lifestyle vlogs on YouTube.
Known for sharing her top shopping tips in her signature ‘less is more’, minimalist style, Freya originally worked in Marketing before becoming a full-time blogger in May 2017.
When she popped into the Earby Pendleside shop on her way to Skipton for a charity shop haul back in October, an eagle-eyed vlog viewer got in touch with Pendleside Hospice to find out more about the store she visited.
This prompted the hospice to ask Freya if she’d be interested in completing a charity shop haul at their 10 stores in just one day – a challenge she accepted, especially as the hospice is a cause close to her family’s heart.
She said: “I always like to help local charities and those that may have a sentimental attachment. Pendleside Hospice cared for my boyfriend’s father when he needed it and he’s only ever praised the work they do and commended their love and attention to their patients.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity to help raise awareness of the hospice and maybe encourage viewers to change attitudes and perceptions around charity shopping. It’s all about realising the benefits it has, not only in helping the charity raise funds for their cause but also to shop more sustainably.”
Freya’s Pendleside shop haul started at the Barrowford store before finishing in Barnoldswick a few hours later.
Third on her list was Pendleside’s furniture store on Trafalgar Street in Burnley, and she said: “This was probably my favourite – it’s always nice to look around and get some inspiration for my home Instagram account.”
After conquering all ten shops, Freya showcased the haul back at home. Among the bargains she came home with was a large vase for £4 and a Karl Lagerfeld jumper – which can retail for anything around the £145 mark – for just £3.50.
Freya said: “It’s a challenge you should set yourselves to find bargains in your local charity shops – they put out new stock pretty much daily and one day you might just find what you’ve been looking for.”
Catherine Argyle, Pendleside Retail Manager, added: “It was lovely to meet Freya during her trip around our ten stores and I’m pleased she picked up some bargains. The charity shops provide a great deal of income for the hospice and we’re always looking for more donated items to go to a new home, just like Freya’s.”