Hospice charity gains from clothing collections

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​Clothes Aid says it will step up its efforts for Chas

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20th July 2017 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Charity clothing collection group Clothes Aid has raised over £500,000 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (Chas).

The announcement coincides with the organisation’s renewed commitment from to increase distribution and collection in Scotland in aid of the charity. 

Chas offers children and families palliative care, family respite and support at its two hospices, Rachel House, Kinross and Robin House, Balloch as well as providing at home and community and hospital support across Scotland.   

Since the partnership began in 2009, generous Scottish residents have donated over 7,000 tonnes of clothing via Clothes Aid bag collection service for Chas. 

From the depot in East Kilbride over 50,000 CHAS bags are delivered per month across Scotland. Next month new deliveries will commence in East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and the Edinburgh areas boosting Chas support considerably. 

 Jonathan Clegg, community fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed at the fantastic amount raised by Clothes Aid and can't thank the team enough for their continued support. 

“This is a big year for CHAS, there are 15,400 children and young people in Scotland with a life-shortening condition and we are determined to be there for all of those children and their families. Every penny raised by Clothes Aid will help us keep the joy alive for families facing the most difficult time imaginable, by ensuring that no matter how short the time they have together may be, it is filled with happiness." 

Michael Lomotey, Clothes Aid’s business manager, said “We are delighted to have reached such a landmark figure for CHAS and are dedicated to ensuring that we continue to make a positive impact and their incredible work.” 

Clothes Aid has raised over £10 million for UK charities to date including NSPCC, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish UK through fully licenced door to door collections and in strict adherence to fundraising regulations. 

In addition Clothes Aid work closely with WRAP (Waste and Recycling Action Program) and is committed to reducing the 350,000 tonnes of clothes that are sent to UK landfill every year.