Sell your handbags - and help hospices

A signed handbag from Kim Wilde which was sold at June's event
A signed handbag from Kim Wilde which was sold at June's event

IF YOU have any spare handbags gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe, why not give them to a very deserving cause?

Handbags for Hospices calls upon the public to donate their unwanted handbags to go under the hammer to raise funds for hospices – and to help host sale events too.

In June, Handbags for Hospices’ sale of high-profile handbags – including signed bags from Kim Wilde and Elizabeth Hurley – at Lavant House School raised £2,500 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice near Arundel.

More than £1.4m is spent each day on hospice care throughout the UK, with only an average of 34 per cent of this vital funding coming from the government.

This Hospice Care Week (October 7-13) readers can help to raise funds for hospices with something that you have lots of – handbags!

“We all like an excuse to get together with the girls,” Handbags for Hospices founder Abigail Bowen says. “So why not arrange an evening in your home, or a corner of the local pub or cafe?

“Get your friends to bring along their unwanted handbags (everyone has at least one, stuffed at the back of a wardrobe) and bid on each other bags for charity. You’ll be surprised at how all of those tenners can add up.”

For further details on running your event, follow the Handbags for Hospices how-to-guide: or email

There is a donation bin in the Chichester Observer’s reception at Unicorn House, Eastgate Square, Chichester, where you can drop off bags for sale for the organisation – which is gearing up for its first London event on Thursday, October 3.