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Prince's Charity, In Kind Direct, opens new City office funded by Lloyds Banking Group.

18.02.16

Event marks 20 successful years of partnership.

In Kind Direct, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996 to provide an easy way for companies to donate their surplus product to good causes, has opened new offices in St Mary at Hill funded by Lloyds Banking Group at a ribbon-cutting event.

The event was co-hosted by Andrew Bester, Group Director and Chief Executive, Commercial Banking at Lloyds Banking Group and John Pattullo, Chairman of In Kind Direct.

Lloyds has been a longstanding supporter of In Kind Direct’s work since its foundation in 1996. As well as donating accommodation and services, the charity has benefited from a wide range of pro-bono advice and services and product donations of IT equipment and workwear. Hundreds of Lloyds Banking Group employees have also volunteered with the charity and helped fundraise to support its work.

Andrew Bester, Group Director and Chief Executive, Commercial Banking at Lloyds Banking Group said:

“We are delighted to provide our continued support to In Kind Direct. The relationship extends beyond the provision of office space to include volunteering, product donations and fundraising. The renewal of this long standing partnership until 2025 is testament to our commitment to support communities, which sits right at the heart of our business strategy to help Britain prosper.”

John Pattullo, Chairman of In Kind Direct comments:

“The support In Kind Direct has received from Lloyds Banking Group has been crucial to the success of the charity right from the start. We are hugely grateful to Lloyds Banking Group for their longstanding backing. This has allowed In Kind Direct to grow its impact over the last 20 years and become a vital resource for thousands of charities in this country and abroad.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS 

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 £145 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, Reckitt Benckiser, Asda, Wilko and Colgate-Palmolive.
  • Discover In Kind Direct on video

The following contacts are available for interview:

In Kind Direct: Robin Boles, CEO – 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