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09-Nov-2017
- FARA Shops
Is charity shopping the vaccine needed for today's epidemic of Affluenza? Richard Denniss explores this modern plague that continues to have a devastating impact on the environment.Here are some high lights from his bril...read full article
16-Aug-2017
- FARA Charity
The start of the new academic year is an important time of year for FARA Charity. In the deeply rural district of Suceava in northern Romania whole communities struggle to find regular work. Many parents travel long dis...read full article
02-Aug-2017
- FARA Shops
Just as video once killed the radio star, it seems the digital world is now preparing to push the DVD off the cliff. Last year digital sales of films and television shows overtook DVD and Blu-ray sales for the first time...read full article
22-Jun-2017
- FARA Shops
This weekend marks the beginning of the festival season with the iconic Glastonbury festival. Whether you’re eagerly awaiting Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at Glasto, searching for that perfect outfit for Reading, or pr...read full article
12-Jun-2017
- Fundraising
Setting off at the end of April, Alex Alexandrescu and Silviu Chirila decided to set themselves a challenge: a cycle trip from London to Bucharest in aid of the FARA Foundation. The pair, who have known each other since ...read full article
16-Mar-2017
- Fundraising
New children's home and lifestyle brand Honey Rocks London has partnered with FARA to create a collection of limited edition embroidered T-Shirts to mark FARA Shops 25th anniversary in charity retail. Available from Thur...read full article
10-Feb-2017
- Amazing Donations
As with every donation that we graciously receive, there is a story behind each and every garment. Often we wonder when that beautiful embroidered dress was worn last and for what occasion.Some of our items could have ha...read full article
20-Jan-2017
- FARA Shops
Every Londoner has a preference when it comes to which part of the river they would rather live in. Culturally the north-south divide has always been quite strong and more recently the east and west are also juxtaposing ...read full article
15-Dec-2016
- FARA Shops
Unless you’re a street fundraiser working on commission, it’s common that charity worker’s on the high street are working voluntarily to gain experience or to give something back. In fact, most charity shop workers...read full article
30-Nov-2016
- FARA Charity
It was my first trip to Romania and nothing could have prepared me for the breath taking beauty and calm of the mountains and vast fields split into strips of planting like a striped jumper. Nestled into the bottom of a ...read full article
25-Nov-2016
- FARA Shops
FARA launches the latest range of TOTES FOR EVERYONE in selected FARA shops* and online from Thursday 24th November. This is the story behind these beautifully designed and rather virtuous bags that are TOTALLY made in L...read full article
13-Sep-2016
- FARA Shops
Whilst we are enjoying the last blast of Summer, here at FARA Notting Hill we are getting ready for the next season and all the amazing trends that we are stocking up on.This autumn winter lends itself well to transition...read full article
08-Aug-2016
- FARA Shops
There is always a story behind a donation, that makes us wonder......What about that beautiful silky dress that is in amazing condition, probably worn just once? Didn't it fit the person anymore? And what about the book ...read full article
01-Aug-2016
- FARA Shops
Legend says that once upon a time fairies used to live inside the Primroses on Primrose Hill. From there they sprinkled fairy dust on children passing by making their wishes come true. Believe in fairies or not, you can ...read full article
22-Jul-2016
- Amazing Donations
Are you a comic book fan? Do you enjoy reading and collecting these fantastic graphical novels? Recently we received an amazing donation of comic books ranging from old to new from popular well known titles like Image, A...read full article
15-Jul-2016
- FARA Shops
For some of us reading is a hobby that we love to do all year round but for a lot of us our enthusiasm to read begins in summer, quite similar to our compulsion to play tennis and drink Pimms the moment we are graced wit...read full article
11-Jul-2016
- Community
I wanted to tell you all about how our FARA shop on Chatham Road, SW11 is involved day by day in it's local community. We all enjoy what we are doing here and every morning begins with a cup of coffee!We often have regu...read full article
07-Jul-2016
- FARA Shops
At FARA we are always open to engaging in collaborations with innovative projects as well as creative individuals. Having previously built a working relationship with both the London College of Fashion and HMP Manufactur...read full article
15-Jun-2016
- FARA Shops
London Collections: Men is a biannual event showcasing the creative and commercial importance of the British menswear industry. LCM SS17 started on Thursday 9th June and ran through the weekend until Monday. LCM first be...read full article
27-May-2016
- FARA Shops
The RHS Chelsea Flower show is held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in late May (24th-28th May 2016). For just five days the space, no more than a couple of football pitches in size, turns into a horticultu...read full article
06-May-2016
- FARA Shops
'Perhaps that is the best way to say it: printed books are magical, and real bookshops keep that magic alive.' Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book.For any book enthusiast, it goes without saying; bookshops are magical places...read full article
20-Apr-2016
- FARA Shops
The evolution of the tote bag over recent years is one born out of both practicality and style. Well, you’d probably argue that all bags ought to be practical and somewhat stylish. However, the tote bag has something e...read full article
08-Apr-2016
- FARA Shops
Men are often left slightly alienated by the weird and outlandish clothes showcased on runways. However, some inspiration can be taken from the SS16 trends, even for the most conservative of dress senses.

Green was a ...read full article
04-Mar-2016
- Fundraising
From 1st March 2016 FARA Shops have been raising money for the FARA Therapy Centres Fund. Please support this by making a donation in your local FARA shop or online
www.justgiving.com/FARAtherapycentres

The fund aims...read full article
17-Feb-2016
- FARA Shops
Our FARA Men movement has started. We’re calling upon men across London and the country to invest their thoughts into an idea that holds the key to social responsibility and style success.

FARA Men are required to...read full article
05-Feb-2016
- FARA Shops
Vinyl has been the beneficiary of our innate need for the inclusion of tradition and nostalgia in our modern lives. In 1977 vinyl sales reached their highest, since then sales have gradually decreased to being virtually ...read full article
15-Jan-2016
- FARA Shops
Men have always had a reluctance to shop at charity shops and wearing second hand clothes can feel like a massive secret that they bear cautiously on their shoulders. This strong feeling of deception can break the strong...read full article
04-Jan-2016
- FARA Shops
Once the tin of Quality Street is down to the last few orange creams and strawberry fondants centres you know that the indulgences of Christmas are drawing to a close. A mince pie here and there and before you know it yo...read full article
26-Dec-2015
- FARA Shops
Is it so hard to believe that four out of ten people fake joy at receiving unwanted Christmas presents? According to a poll carried out by lastminute.com this level of insincerity is rife in the festive season. We have a...read full article
18-Nov-2015
- FARA Shops
In recent years, the development in technology influenced the way we look at all sorts of things – including books. Companies such as Amazon have taken the lead in altering our age-old shopping habits, with some even s...read full article
10-Nov-2015
- Amazing Donations
As a child, nothing beat the adrenaline of the occasional trip to the toy shop to finally buy the one toy that will fill you with happiness and fulfil your aspirations. However this joy was often short lived, as it only ...read full article
06-Nov-2015
- FARA Charity
Raphe Phelan became FARA Charity Shops Managing Director at the beginning of 2015. During the eight years he has been with FARA he has visited Romania many times. This is an account of his most recent trip.

"My alarm ...read full article
13-Oct-2015
- Amazing Donations
It’s hard to imagine what to expect when you start a new job. My first day was no exception. An array of various items were scattered across my desk, all of which needed to be researched for an upcoming charity auctio...read full article
02-Oct-2015
- FARA Shops
The start of a new season and the unpredictable change in British weather is upon us. Transitioning from summer to autumn lends itself to layering up with sometimes an air of indecision – charity shops providing the pe...read full article
18-Sep-2015
- Vintage
London Fashion Week has begun. Early this morning Covent Garden was buzzing with queues of beautiful people trying to get their big break - car park catwalks show casing the best of British fashion design - not to mentio...read full article
21-Aug-2015
- Fundraising
From the beginning of July our shop teams have been baking, making, raffling and face painting their way throughout the summer fundraising for FARA ‘Raise The Roof’ Appeal. They have rattled donation tins and thanks ...read full article
31-Jul-2015
- FARA Shops
Poppy Chanelle also known as ‘Misseverydayelegance’ is a fashion, personal style, and lifestyle blogger from London. She is no stranger to FARA shops. We love Poppy’s look and sweet charity style and wanted to know...read full article
23-Jul-2015
- FARA Shops
The six week summer holiday is a long time to keep the kids occupied – what better way than encouraging them to get immersed in the wonderful world of books. As Walt Disney put it so well “There is more treasure in b...read full article
16-Jul-2015
- Community
When I first saw this photograph on Facebook I realised its significance instantly. It was posted by a member of staff from FARA Romania, who I met in 2013 while visiting FARA’s programmes in Suceava. I have met that b...read full article
24-Jun-2015
- FARA Shops
Imagine, it's late June and you are standing in a field in the middle of Somerset watching some of the most progressive musical acts of the day play live on stage... The urgent riff of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Lov...read full article
22-Jun-2015
- Community
Can the impact of one day make a difference to children’s attitudes towards charitable giving for the rest of their lives? Research suggests yes it can, however teaching children to make charitable giving a habitual ac...read full article
18-Jun-2015
- Fundraising
On the 7th June Ela Lum, a FARA Area Manager jumped out of an airplane high above Salisbury to raise money for FARA’s 2015 Appeal. The plan had been for her to jump in April however due to adverse weather conditions it...read full article
15-Jun-2015
- FARA Shops
Is your wardrobe still able to close or are you holding onto too much? Go on admit it; most of us are guilty! With fast fashion trends shifting weekly, the traditional fashion seasons of autumn/winter and spring/summer a...read full article
07-Jun-2015
- Vintage
Hi-ya.....groovy.....ta-ra!

This pretty much sums up every conversation I have had with Kristian, Shop Manager at RETROMANIA London FARA's vintage and designer shop in Victoria. His Midlands twang and enthused chatter...read full article
02-Jun-2015
- Fundraising
Ten miles away from the nearest proper road, sixty families share a well in a village where the houses are patched up with plastic. Sanitation barely exists and disease goes untreated with little or no medical support. T...read full article
30-May-2015
- FARA Charity
Is there a role for handouts? That’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves in the FARA Charity office. This isn’t a theoretical discussion, it’s a real issue. Staff in Romania have located a ‘forgotten village...read full article
01-Mar-2015
- FARA Shops
Sadly, The FARA Workshop closed at the end of February 2015 just fourteen months after opening. This pioneering project was a bold departure from FARA’s core model of charity retailing that has proved successful since ...read full article
01-Dec-2014
- Amazing Donations
Sprung from the page of the Michael Bond book in 1958, Paddington bounced onto the big screen in 2014, rekindling the nation’s love for the young Peruvian bear who travelled to London in search of a home. Finding himse...read full article
14-Nov-2014
- Community
On a bland grey wall at the end Clapham’s Northcote Road very early in the morning, a small dark-clad figure is busy with a spray can as hordes of school children on the top deck of the bus look on. In less than an hou...read full article

FARA Charity Shops supporting the work of FARA Charity transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Romania. FARA Enterprises Limited is wholly owned by the FARA Foundation. Registered Charity No. 1139349