(This was published in the Newark Advertiser on 23rd July 2010 as part of my work experience.)

A Swishing Party where people brought along unwanted clothes and accessories to swap and sell raised £200 for Diabetes UK.

Penny Smith, of Barnby-in-the-Willows, organised the event in her garden last Thursday. “I was highly delighted with the outcome,” she said. “It has really made me very happy.”

With the help of a neighbour, Penny set up her garden with wine and nibbles. She invited friends and family to attend the night, who were asked to bring at least one item along with them.

Penny said that about 40 people attended, providing a variety of clothing from shoes to hats and bags to coats. She said: “There was something for everyone.”

A minimum donation of 50p was made for each item, giving a total of £200 by the end of the night.

A raffle was also held, offering prizes such as Theatre tickets and ice skating. All prizes were donated by organisations to help raise more money for the Diabetes UK charity.

Penny said that the event was very successful. It was a chance for people to grab a bargain and to meet new people.

She got the idea from a friend who held a similar party early in the year to raise money for Osteoporosis. She enjoyed the night so much that she decided to organise her own.

Her friends have taken the idea to organise their own party for a school in Gambia. They will be raising money for Everyday Champions Church over the upcoming weeks.