We’re just starting out on this journey and we’re looking to partner with not for profit organisations that make a difference in their local community, helping people who struggle to meet their basic needs in day to day life.
Keep an eye on our journal and social media for news of groups we’re talking to.
St.George's Crypt, Leeds
Christmas 2016 saw us make our first donation to charity. Thanks to your purchases, we were able to donate a batch of T-shirts to St. George's Crypt in Leeds. And they were delighted.
The Crypt as it's known, has been helping vulnerable people in Leeds since 1930. Here's how they describe what they do.
"It’s about welcome; about being a safe and comfortable place to rest, to eat, to be clothed. But it’s also more than that. It’s about providing all those things in the most loving way we know how..."
Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
On 31st July we met some fantastic staff and volunteers at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield which is one of three making up the Mid-Yorks NHS Trust.
They have a brilliant initiative borne out of their commitment to provide dignity in care for their patients. It's a sad truth that many are admitted to hospital without basic clean clothing due to homelessness, or perhaps arrive inappropriately dressed due to dementia or other mental health problems. Often on their own, they don't have family or friends to provide these basic items.
The Trust's Dignity in Care Group came up with the simple idea of having what they call a Dignity Cupboard in each hospital, where staff can access clothing for patients who need help. But of course they need to be able to fill the cupboard and that's made more challenging by the environment requiring that all donated clothing must be brand new.
That's why it's a perfect match for us and they were over the moon with the clothing we gave them. They told us we shouldn't underestimate the difference that feeling well dressed can make to someone in that situation.