Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) has announced it has signed new agreements to continue delivering its Clothing Collection Scheme in three local authorities
The City of London Corporation, London Borough of Bexley and Cotswold District Council, all renewed the agreement with the company.
SATCoL, which runs more than 5,000 clothing banks and over 140 charity shops around the UK, will retain bring-bank sites containing a total of 58 banks across the three areas, with 37 in Bexley, 15 in the Cotswolds and 6 in the City of London, with additional sites in these areas being sought.
Profit SATCoL receives from the sale of donated clothing will be gift-aided to The Salvation Army to help fund its charitable work throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, which includes homelessness services, elderly care, professional addictions services, family tracing and much more. In the last three years SATCoL gift-aided more than £19.8m to The Salvation Army.
Paul Ozanne, national recycling co-ordinator for SATCoL commented: "We understand that local authorities throughout the UK are under pressure to increase income and reduce spending, however we're really pleased that the 300-plus councils that we work with understand the value of charity collections in helping to fund vital welfare services in communities throughout the country - which ultimately improve the lives of residents and take the pressure of local authority-funded services and facilities."
SATCoL operates a fleet of vehicles to collect unwanted textiles and shoes from clothing banks, door-to-door collections, schools, colleges and other organisations throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.