Volunteers dress to impress at the Palace ... in charity shop outfits

Mary's Meals shop volunteers dress to impress as they prepare to meet the Queen!

Back to all stories | Posted on 29 Jun 2017 in News

Volunteers who have been invited to a royal garden party hosted by the Queen will celebrate in style, by attending the event wearing clothes and accessories donated to the Mary's Meals shop they help to run.

After visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse next week, the team at the Mary’s Meals shop in Oban plan to resell the clothes, complete with a little message to confirm the outfits have been worn to the royal occasion.

Mary's Meals has seven shops in Scotland – mainly run by volunteers - which sell donated goods to raise vital funds.

Marie Rowan, shop manager in Oban, will join 19 of the shop’s volunteers at the royal garden party in Edinburgh on July 4th.

The team agreed a fitting way to represent the work of Mary’s Meals on the special day was to wear as much as they could from items donated to the shop.

Marie said: “I’m so happy for the team – this invitation is a wonderful recognition of the volunteers who will be attending the royal event, and of all our volunteers. They work tirelessly and give their time so freely to help us make a difference to some of the world’s poorest children.

“We want to celebrate Mary’s Meals as much as we can at the Palace, which is why we have decided to wear the outfits from our Oban shop. Hopefully we will show that we can look just as good wearing upcycled goods, even at an event with The Queen!”

Christina Litster, 75, who has volunteered at the Oban shop for the past seven years, added: “It is an absolute honour to have been asked to go to the Queen’s garden party; I feel so lucky and excited. I have already looked out a lovely purple jacket and skirt suit to wear on the day, I can’t wait!”