De Montfort University holds first clothes Swish

By Simon Sansome

Students donated Onesies, shoes, coats and other clothing for De Montfort Students’ Union’s first clothes Swish.


The Students’ Union held a clothes Swish last Thursday in the Campus Centre Atrium –  where good but unwanted clothes are swapped, for free.

Shopping bags and bin liners full of clothes were donated for students to pick and choose, and to take home unwanted clothes that had been donated.

This was the first Swish the university had organised and students who visited said it was a ‘fantastic idea.’

Second year English Languages student Beth Needilens said: “It is a fantastic idea, I’ve donated clothes so some people could use what I don’t fancy anymore and taken home someone’s clothes to give them a new home.”

Ashley Toland 2nd year media production student with Beth Neeilens – 2nd Year English Languages student.

All items brought in were exchanged for tokens which you could then swap for another item of clothing from the Swish.  All swishers were entered into a prize draw to win a £20 All4One voucher.

The event was organised by De Montfort Students’ Union as part of money week, which is about saving money and reducing waste.

Lianne Wale, Welfare and Education Advisor who helped to organise the event, said: “This is a positive engagement with students in exchanging clothes that are no longer being used and in that way indulging in new clothing without spending any money.”

This event was part of a nationwide initiative from the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). This year’s theme is ‘Waste Not Want Not’ which is all about saving money by reducing waste.

If anyone needs advice about budgeting or debt, please contact DSU Advice at  You can also find useful resources on their website


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