SOUTH Tyneside’s Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall has donated some of her favourite – and most photographed – clothes to help young homeless people in the region.
The singer is one of a number of famous faces to part with treasured garments for The Empty Shop.
The charitable initiative is running alongside Fashion Live at the MetroCentre, from today until Sunday.
Not only has the 21-year-old star, from Laygate, handed in the Varsity-style bomber jacket she wore on tour, but she has also dug deep into her wardrobe to hand over a pair of black shorts, a dress patterned with Disney characters and a US army-inspired combat jacket.
Jade’s clothes – along with items donated by EastEnders star Kierston Wareing and Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten – will be on display to shoppers until Sunday, when they will be auctioned on the eBay site of homeless charity, Centrepoint.
The charity is now hoping the public will follow in Jade’s footsteps and donate some of their own clothes to the cause.
Lindsay Peach, senior fundraising officer at Centrepoint, said: “The 80,000 young people who experience homelessness every year need two things more than anything else to leave homelessness behind: a job and a home
“Having clean, warm clothing will make a big difference, not only to our young people’s health, but also their self-esteem and confidence.”
The Empty Shop opened for donations at 10am today at Town Square, in the MetroCentre.
Donated clothes must be clean and in a good state of repair.
Anyone who donates a bag of clothing will receive a free intu Metrocentre goody bag, while stocks last.