Film director Guy Ritchie, his wife Jacqui and actor Martin Clunes have donated clothing to the new Julia’s House charity shop in Salisbury to help raise funds.
The trio, who are all Patrons of the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity, have offered items for auction and these will go on display when the shop opens on Thursday, November 2 at 10am.
There are two Versace pieces from Guy Ritchie – a suit and a coat, an Alexander McQueen dress from Jacqui Ritchie and Martin Clunes has donated a suit he wore as Doc Martin in the hit ITV series.
Fans can bid on the clothing via a silent auction that will close at midnight on Sunday, November 19. Bids can be made in store or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and putting ‘celebrity clothes bid’ in the subject box.
There will also be a number of other fashion gems on sale including a Vivienne Westwood coat and big brand labels such as Ted Baker, Phase Eight and Jack Wills.
The celebrity items are being kept under wraps until the big day but staff are anticipating a lot of interest.
Over the past few weeks volunteers – including teams from the Army and local businesses - have been painting and preparing the interior of the spacious new premises at The Bridge, Fisherton Street. The shop will showcase larger pieces of furniture and homeware as well as high quality clothing, accessories, toys and books.
Retail Manager Tracy Stanley said: “We are thrilled to have the support of our Patrons for our first Wiltshire shop. We have some fantastic designer labels up for grabs for a snip of the price.
“Julia’s House shops have a special look and feel that is very different to most people’s perceptions of a charity shop. With fresh modern interiors, room set ideas and vintage-inspired fittings it should be a really enjoyable experience for our customers.”
The charity is unable to accept donations until the shop is officially open but in the meantime, larger items can be pre-booked for collection by calling 01202 601998.
“We hope the shop will be great addition in Salisbury and look forward to welcoming lots of new customers. Supporting us by donating or shopping means supporting the many local families with life-limited children we care for,” said Tracy.