Designer treasure hunt launched in Cancer Research UK shops

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Designer creations at super-bargain prices have been hidden in Cancer Research UK shops around the South East as part of a charity treasure hunt.

Some of the biggest names in the fashion world have donated shoes, scarves, clothes and handbags, which will be ‘hidden’ in shops throughout September.

The items will be placed among goods donated by the local community as part of the first Tatler Treasure Hunt and will be on sale for a fraction of their usual price.

The products will be dropped off at random to encourage shoppers to keep popping into their local store for the chance to nab a designer creation at an incredible price.

More than thirty influential designers have pledged to donate one piece a season for the next three seasons to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the South East said: “Our charity shops are full of amazing hidden gems and thanks to the Tatler Treasure Hunt, this has never been more true.

“This is the perfect time for shoppers who lust after labels and coo over couture to visit their local Cancer Research UK shop, rummage through the rails and see what surprises are in store.

“These generous gifts will raise much needed money for life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

Contributing designers include Alberta Ferretti, Anya Hindmarch, Belstaff, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Charlotte Olympia, Christian Louboutin, Daks, Diane von Furstenburg, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Fendi, Jenny Packham, Jimmy Choo, Maje, Manolo Blahnik, Matthew Williamson, Miu Miu, Moschino, Mulberry, Nicholas Kirkwood, Paul Smith, Ports 1961, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Roksanda Ilincic, Roland Mouret, Rupert Sanderson, Stella McCartney, Temperley, Tod’s and Tommy Hilfiger.

Kate Reardon, editor of Tatler and long term supporter of the charity said: “With the Tatler Treasure Hunt more than 30 of the world’s top designers have committed to donating one piece a season for the next three seasons to be sold in Cancer Research UK shops all over the country. These will be delivered to random shops at random times, so it’s always worthwhile popping in – shoppers might just find something spectacular!”

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research.

So money raised through its shops is crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are fighting cancer on all fronts.

The charity relies on the generosity of its supporters to keep its shops stocked and is always in need of good quality donations of clothes, shoes, bags, homeware, books, CDs and DVDs.

To find the nearest Cancer Research UK shop, visit www.cancerresearch.org.uk/shops