Two Eastbourne mums have created an eco-friendly online charity shop with 100% of their profits being donated to those in need.
Claire Santa-Cruz and Jasmine Patnell first started to develop Reloved Eastbourne in 2019, after months of research into waste and poverty hardships.
Claire Santa-Cruz, from St Anthony’s, said: “Jas and I have had some tough times in our lives and both being young parents we found it incredibly difficult to get the essentials we needed on what little cash we had lying around.
“We also wanted to do our part to in helping charities and small groups with a funding boost they did not have before.”
Their website is now live with thousands of items ranging from 25p up to £100
Reloved Eastbourne has already raised over £450 for charities including Mind, and Samaritans with this figure set to rise due to their large social media following.
Santa-Cruz said: “Through our insights, we’ve had 3,800 viewers on our website since Friday last week.
“Our customers love the concept of our online store as it means they can browse in their own time, and still have the excitement of a charity style store.”
The pair currently keep stock between both their houses but hope to expand to a store in the future.
Santa-Cruz said: “We are hoping to adapt our idea into a store as it’s always great to have a hands-on look and in some cases try things on before you commit to the purchase.
“But having a website has made us UK nationwide accessible.”
Reloved Eastbourne can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.