Working with Charities in Barry and Across South Wales
The opportunity to help support the work of local charities is something we relish. Since we were established as a family run business in 2002, we have done everything we can, not only to work ethically in terms of our recycling commitments, but also to complement this sustainable environmental approach with a dedication to supporting local social causes.
Our distribution of many of the clothes we collect is indicative of this approach. The majority of the clothes we collect are sorted into garments suitable for both warm and cooler climates, before being sent to low income families in desperate need of good quality clothing. Most of the clothing we collect is destined for Kenya, where it is worn by adults and children alike. In some parts of Africa, over 80 percent of their clothing is second hand. It brings us great pleasure to know we are contributing to such a good cause.
Our commitment to running an ethically minded business has not just benefitted the people of Kenya. It has also allowed us to support schools and charities across South Wales by paying for clothes, bedding, towels, linen, books, CDs, DVDs and computer games which are no longer in use. Since our inauguration, we have paid over £169,000 to local charities and schools. We are currently partnered with PDSA, The Salvation Army, Ty Hafan , St Vincent’s Community Shops and Track 2000.
Our charity partners
We are delighted to be able to support the ongoing work of such a worthy range of charity partners. Here is a just a brief description of the excellent work they do:
PDSA – This year the PDSA is celebrating 97 years of caring for injured and sick animals owned by people who cannot afford to pay for veterinary treatment themselves. As the UK’s leading veterinary charity, the PDSA care for more than 400,000 pets, providing 2.3 million free treatments and 420,000 preventative treatments, which cost a total of £59 million. The services provided by the PDSA are funded entirely by donors, customers and volunteers, and without this fantastic public support, many thousands of animals would have to be put down. We support the PDSA by paying cash for items the PDSA shop in Barry is unable to sell, ensuring no items go to waste.
The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army is one of the world’s most well known and best loved charities operating in 126 countries. In the UK, the Salvation Army provides social services and practical support to people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and needs. However great the problems experienced by an individual, The Salvation Army gives them hope by extending a helping hand to the homeless and those in desperate need of help. The Salvation Army has a high street presence in Barry where we pay cash for surplus items they are otherwise unable to sell
Ty Hafan – This charity is particularly dear not only to our hearts, but to all those who come into contact with it. Ty Hafan is home to a team of palliative care specialists offering care, comfort and support to children and young people who are suffering from life-limiting conditions. Since 1999, Ty Hafan has provided a much needed lifeline to over 400 families, helping to make the tragically short lives of its visitors and inhabitants as happy and joyful as they can be. We have supported Ty Hafan since 2002, and hope this partnership will continue long into the future
St Vincent’s Community Shops – The St Vincent de Paul Society, commonly known by the acronym SVP, has a number of shops across the UK, one of which is located in Barry. The SVP is an international organisation set up to help some of the most disadvantaged people in society. Irrespective of age, gender, faith or ethnicity, the SVP aims to help those who are suffering from poverty in any of its guises through the implementation of practical measures such as food banks and assistance with financial matters such as budgeting and debt management advice. We are happy to pay cash for surplus items the St Vincent’s Community Shop in Barry cannot sell, ensuring nothing goes to waste, while helping to support their ongoing work.
Track 2000 – This is a local charity which works to benefit individuals in South Wales, Cardiff and in the Barry area more specifically. Track 2000 aims to support those who receive a low income or are on benefits by providing an affordable source of household and commercial goods, such as kitchen appliances, beds, wardrobes, white goods and other items of furniture.