There are an estimated 320,000* people homeless in the UK. While the majority of these are able to make use of temporary accommodation such as shelters and hostels, a distressing number have no option but to sleep rough. These individuals need good quality clothing and equipment to keep them dry and warm on the streets.
And did you know the estimated value of unused clothing in wardrobes is around £30 billion with up to £140 million worth of clothing going into landfill each year?**
You can help readdress this balance by donating sleeping bags, outdoor jackets, trousers, fleeces, hats and base layers to the 2nd Life initiative just launched by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports. There are three drop off points or you can call their customer services department to arrange a collection. Ellis Brigham will receive, sort and rehome items via two charities, Barnabus in Manchester and SCT in London.
So, go rummage through your cupboards and help give your unwanted outdoor clothing a more meaningful 2nd life!
*Source: Shelter 2018
**Source: Wrap www.wrap.org.uk