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Liberty fabrics support victims of human trafficking

The Sophie Hayes foundation raises funds by selling Liberty fabrics

Charity organisation, the Sophie Hayes Foundation, is selling Liberty fabrics with all sales going to support survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. The fabrics come in three-metre lengths of cotton or silk, at a third of their retail price.

TikToker and creative, Nerrisa Pratt, says: “I love the idea that something I would have likely bought anyway could do something good. I tend to treat myself to fabrics quite often, too often some may say, but I definitely parted with my cash quicker knowing that it would do some good, spending money on something from a charity I would have spent anyway is a no-brainer if there’s a way to support such a good cause too.”

The initiative aims to promote sustainability, with users being given the chance to upcycle the donated Liberty offcuts. These include classic designs and prints that are no longer available to buy.

Bebe Doungpompho, fashion design student, says: “I think that it’s a great idea. Buying sustainable and high-quality fabrics is incredibly challenging for students, with fabrics often costing upwards of £20 a metre and of course, it’s great knowing your money is going to support a charitable cause.”

Pratt purchased some fabric in December and documented her experience on TikTok. She says: “I was able to choose from a few patterns and I picked ‘paisley’ as I’ve always wanted a pair of fancy Liberty pyjamas but they’re a little out of my budget.  I’m all about being broke with expensive taste so I knew I could recreate them myself. I love how they turned out; I wore them on Christmas morning, and I can’t wait to take them on holiday with me too, they’re the perfect boujee pj’s for when you’re not just sitting around on the sofa in sweats.”

 

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The fabrics are on sale for £35, with the money generated being used to fund programs to support survivors by giving them the skills and freedom they need to live independent lives. Pratt says: “I’m pretty confident that it will make a big change for the charity, in fact, I had an email from the ceo the day after my video went viral to say they temporarily had to suspend sales as they’d had so much interest. It feels really nice to be able to use my small platform to encourage others to do good and if they need a little incentive in the form of some pretty fabric then I think that the charity is now more than well-placed to do that.”

She continues: “It feels really nice to be able to use your hobby to do something good for other people and since I won’t be running a marathon anytime soon, it feels great to me that I can do something in my wheelhouse to support a great cause.”

Fabric sales will commence again this January, so if you’re interested in supporting the charity visit its website at: https://www.sophiehayesfoundation.org/impact

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