Osborne – a leading family-owned construction business operating in the South of England since 1966 have teamed up with Swindon’s SEQOL to provide local charities with much-needed outdoor clothing in the run up to the start of the colder weather.
Osborne have recently rebranded from a traditional blue to a vibrant, yet caring magenta, resulting in the company having surplus corporate clothing with the old logos. Rather than send the old clothing to landfill, Osborne approached SEQOL to find out if by using their network of charities and social causes in the Wiltshire area they could put the clothing to good use.
The hundreds of pieces of clothing, which Osborne employees have collected, will be donated to eight charities which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Swindon and Wiltshire area. Osborne employees, also took the opportunity to gather unused personal clothing and donated that as well.
These charities include Women’s Aid, the Bobby Van Trust, Innerflame, Swindon Food Bank, Swindon Restore, Soldiers off the Streets, Parkinsons UK (Swindon and District) and the Swindon Advocacy Movement.
The clothing is being debranded by Dressability at no charge to either SEQOL or the recipient organisations and will be distributed according to the charities’ needs. Organisations such as Parkinson UK and the Bobby Van will use the clothing for their fundraisers in the upcoming winter months. Women’s Aid will use the clothing for women who arrive at their refuges, who more often than not have fled abusive situations in their homes leaving all their personal possessions behind them. The Food bank and Soldiers off the Streets will distribute the clothes to people in crisis allowing them to keep warm in the winter months.
Dave Long, Account Manager for SEQOL, who is leading the project, said: “Osborne is heavily dedicated to looking after the communities in which they work and this commitment fits well with SEQOL’s ethos of helping people make the most of their lives.”
Jason Everard, who led the project for Osborne said; “We are passionate about supporting these charities and want make a positive impact on the communities in which we work. We take our social responsibility seriously and we hope that by donating our old branded clothing in this way, we can make a real difference to people’s lives.”