Swishing for Charity

This is one of those fantastic fundraising ideas that was introduced to these shores over 10 years ago. Wherever there are Ladies, there are swishing parties! Swishing literally means to rustle, and by this we mean for you to rustle from your friends. All you need for a successful party is friends, friends of friends and perhaps work colleagues. All of the people involved need to be willing to part with items that they no longer wear or use. Usually clothes, shoes or accessories.

Running a Swishing party is simple, just follow the Rules of the Rail:

1) Everyone must bring at least one item of quality.

2) You will have half an hour to browse before the swish opens.

3) No item may be claimed before the swish opens.

4) As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone may take what they want.

5) Remember no scratching, spitting or fighting

(Rules taken from

There is one core principle of Swishing, “value does not come into a Swish” anyone caught trying to value up all of the other swishers items will be swished away forever!

Ok, so how do you raise money through Swishing?

1. Charge your friends an entrance fee to the event – £5 to £10

2. Organise a raffle, one simple prize such as as a box of chocolates or a bottle of Prosecco will do the trick

3. Talk to your charity and request supporting material to help encourage your friends to dig that little bit deeper when they are asked for further donations.

Swishing for Charity