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British army donates essential bedding to local charities

In Kind Direct has partnered with ESS Defence and the The Army Foundation College to facilitate the distribution of hundreds of mattresses, duvets, duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases to local charities in the North of England.

Rebuild Bury received duvets, covers, pillowcases mattresses from ESS Defence and the Army Foundation College, which will be distributed to people who were affected by the winter floods. Liz Jackson, CEO of Rebuild Bury says:

There were several hundred families affected and these will come in extremely handy as properties become habitable again."

Calderdale SmartMove, based in West Yorkshire, also benefitted. Craig George, Fundraising and Development Manager for Calderdale SmartMove says:

We help around 350 homeless and vulnerably housed individuals and families across Calderdale each year. Bedding is something we always struggle to maintain a good supply of so this fantastic donation will help to make sure we can provide vulnerable people with bedding for the next 12 months and will also help save money which we can use in other areas.”

This is the first time In Kind Direct has partnered with ESS Defence and the Army Foundation College and we look forward to working with them again in the future. The partnership could not have happened without a dedicated team of ESS Defence and Army Foundation employees preparing, organising and delivering the donations.

Through such initiatives In Kind Direct aims to facilitate local product giving to benefit grassroots charities across the UK.

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About In Kind Direct

  •  In Kind Direct is one of The Prince’s Charities. Its purpose is to inspire product giving for social good by re-distributing usable products donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers to charities working in the UK and abroad.
  • In Kind Direct is a one-stop solution providing the infrastructure to accept large quantities of goods and then store, sort and deliver them directly to charities in its network.
  • Charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and community groups can all register for free via the website www.inkinddirect.org to benefit from the service. Goods can be used to run their services or can be given out for free to the people they serve.
  • Since 1996, over 7,500 charities have received products from In Kind Direct, helping them save money on their operational costs, enabling them to spend more on their essential services. The results of the latest impact study show that by re-distributing goods In Kind Direct is able to alleviate poverty, improve self-esteem and is a vital support for charities working with some of the most vulnerable people in society. Full findings are available on request.
  • In Kind Direct has made a powerful impact on communities through the redistribution of £140 million worth of surplus goods from 1,000 companies including some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers: Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Asda, Wilko and Colgate-Palmolive.
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The following contacts are available for interview:

In Kind Direct: Robin Boles, CEO and Laura Hales, Head of Charity Partnerships – 0300 30 20 200.
Additional contacts across the UK at In Kind Direct charity partners are available on request.
Please phone In Kind Direct to discuss.

Interview footage from both charity and donor partners can be made available on request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Thomas Rattier, Head of Marketing & Communications 0300 30 20 200, marketing@inkinddirect.org