TV star urges city to get behind ‘change a life’ charity venture

A fashion conscious charity store’s ‘Borrow it… Fill it… Change a life’ donation drive is making a real difference to the lives of young people in and around Manchester.

Now TV celebrity Jesse McClure, star of hit reality show ‘Storage Hunters’, has recorded a personal plea to Manchester to get behind the scheme and give it a pre-Christmas boost.

Located at 6a Oxford Road, Goodstock is the first retail venture for vInspired, the UK’s leading youth volunteering and social action charity. All the money Goodstock raises helps 14 to 25-year-olds boost their self-confidence, entrepreneurial skills and employability through taking part in a range of volunteering opportunities.

In September American TV star Jesse McClure helped Goodstock launch its ‘Borrow it… Fill it… Change a life’ donation drive. He was there in his capacity as brand ambassador for PlasticBoxShop, the UK’s leading online retailer of plastic storage boxes, which donated 200 sturdy plastic boxes to get the appeal up and running.

He roped in four fashion students from nearby Manchester Metropolitan University for a “Dress Jesse Challenge”, creating various outfits from clothes for sale in Goodstock. He also delivered some of the donations boxes in person to nearby businesses and student halls, urging people to fill them and take them back to Goodstock.

Set in the heart of Manchester’s bustling student community, Goodstock is a charity store with a difference – a creative shopping space for the fashion conscious and cash-strapped, selling good quality pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories. But like all charity stores, it relies on a steady flow of good quality donated goods to sell.

Jayne Cartwright, director of retail for vInspired, said: “Having these donations boxes from PlasticBoxShop has been great for Goodstock. We’ve seen an increase in donations through the Autumn and using the boxes means they arrive in good condition – but we always need more, especially as we approach Christmas and want to fill our racks and shelves with great sustainable fashion.

“We’ve just launched a new appeal to people having a pre-Christmas clear out, so we’re urging them to pop into Goodstock and pick up a box to fill. The money we raise really helps young people improve their own prospects and their lives.”

Backing the scheme is simple; just pick up one of the specially labelled boxes from Goodstock at 6a Oxford Road, fill it with good quality donations then return it to the shop to sell. Getting family, friends and colleagues to help out is a great way of making regular donations and ensuring the stuff they no longer need helps young people change their own lives for the better.

Watch Jesse’s video appeal asking the people of Manchester to back Goodstock:

Another video, featuring Goodstock store manager Grace: 

Goodstock is open at 6a Oxford Road, Manchester, from 10am to 6pm. For more about the store or about vInspired, the charity it supports, visit:, email: or call 02079 607000.

For more about PlasticBoxShop and its vast range of storage solutions for the home, business or schools, visit:

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