Friday, 15th December 2017
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Do you want to look fabulous for the Festive Season?

And have a wardrobe clear out at the same time? If so put the date of December 6th in your diary now.

Focus Ireland is calling on the ladies of Waterford to come along to their Frock Swop in the Tower hotel on December 6th at 7pm. The Frock Swop is a fun opportunity for ladies to revamp their wardrobe and get a whole new look for the Festive season -– it's the eco-friendly, budget busting way to revitalise your look.

You are encouraged to bring whatever you want to swap to the event from 5-7pm or beforehand to Focus Ireland's 'Beloved Boutique' in John Roberts Square. Each item handed in entitles you to receive an exchange card and the exchange card entitles swappers to swop for items of the same or lower value.

As we enter into the Christmas season it's a great time of year to get rid of all those impulse buys that have been gathering dust for months or maybe even years! At the end of the evening our frock swappers will walk away with a variety of new looks for the party season and for next year, have recycled unwanted clothes, created some space for new arrivals and most importantly had a festive evening with the girls. There will also be a Hair Beauty and Accessories expo from 5pm onwards and of course a glass of bubbly to add to the festive season.

Christmas is a very special time of year for most people but for some it is just another day. Over 3000 children will be homeless this Christmas and they urgently need your help.

Speaking about the event, Rebecca Reynolds, National Fundraising Initiatives Manager at Focus Ireland said "The harsh fact is that in Ireland a minimum of two families become homeless every day. There were 8,270 people homeless across Ireland in the last week of August this year. This figure includes adults and children with their families. The number of families becoming homeless has increased by over 42% since August 2016. More than one in three of those in emergency accommodation is now a child. To put the 2017 figures into perspective; in 2014 we talked about a national homeless crisis for families, and there were 250 families registered as homeless at the time and in August 2017, there were 1,442 families accessing emergency accommodation.

Focus Ireland has provided homeless services in Waterford for the last 17 years and the city is now the charity's largest centre outside of Dublin. Over 300 people access our Waterford Services every month with over 20 families including 27 children under 12 currently living in emergency accommodation in the city.

Rebecca further said "The Frock Swop is an opportunity for the Ladies of Waterford to show their solidarity with families and children who face homelessness this Christmas. Sadly, many parents in Waterford and around Ireland will have to explain that although they no longer live in their home Santa Claus will still know how to find them this Christmas. These families live under terrible stress and children suffer the most; so much so that specialist support services for children and families traumatized by their experience of homelessness are now needed. We are asking the people of Waterford to come join in our night and very importantly to help raise funds to help us meet the constant rising demand for our services. 89c of every euro raised will go to frontline services.

The Frock Swop will take place in the Tower Hotel on Wednesday December 6th, the hair, beauty and accessories expo from 5pm and the Frock Swop will be from 7-9pm. Tickets are available from the Tower Hotel, Focus Irelands Beloved Boutique in John Roberts Square or by contacting Paula Marks on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 1920307 for more information.

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