Generous Mancunians have donated a staggering two tonnes of preloved clothing to The Empty Shop, the multi-award-winning Manchester Arndale charity initiative.

The clothing – which was collected at the stylish drop off point in the Upper Mall of Manchester Arndale – has been counted up, weighed and delivered to the Goodstock by V•Inspired store on Oxford Road.

The sale of the pre-loved clothing will raise funds for this year’s charity partners, V•Inspired and Centrepoint, who both help Manchester’s young people.

V•Inspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14-30-year olds, helping more than 37,000 young people every year to make their mark on causes that they care about while learning new skills for employability and personal development.

Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 homeless young people each year and works in Manchester supporting over 2,000 vulnerable young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Manchester-based fashion retailer N Brown donated £56,000 worth of brand new samples, and wholesaler Apple Green donated 20 boxes.

Coronation Street star Helen Worth, said: “The Empty Shop is a fantastic initiative, and it’s quite staggering that two tonnes of clothes have been donated and will find new homes. Charity shops don’t have to be boring and drab, and The Empty Shop project definitely proves that!

“I’d absolutely urge anyone to check out the donations at Goodstock – you might just find a new outfit, and the money you pay will support the work of two amazing charities in Manchester.”

The charities will launch a joint eBay shop on 18 April where a limited number of more valuable items will go on sale. The clothes will be available for purchase at the shop from 19 April.

Goodstock by V•Inspired, 6 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5QA.