Gift Your Gear

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Date of issue: 2 May 2013

Thanks to donations of pre-loved outdoor clothing from generous individuals across the region, hundreds of people from disadvantaged backgrounds can now explore the Yorkshire Dales countryside knowing they will stay warm and dry.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has teamed up with outdoor clothing retailer Rohan through their ‘Gift your Gear’ scheme to make the best possible use of all unwanted outdoor clothing donated by Rohan’s customers and staff.

Over the coming months and years the outdoor gear will be highly appreciated by the groups that YDMT work with through the ‘People and the DALES’ project – a nationally recognised outreach programme that enables disadvantaged groups from Bradford, Leeds, Keighley and North East Lancashire to get out into the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales to experience the health and well-being benefits of spending time outdoors.

Gail Smith, community worker at YDMT, said: “You never know what the weather might throw at you these days, so getting out into the countryside often means you need waterproofs - something not everyone has access to. Often the groups we are working with just don’t have the right clothing to head out into the hills.”

Thanks to Rohan’s Gift your Gear scheme all of the groups taking part in the People and the DALES project can now experience the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside whatever the weather, safe in the knowledge that they are kitted out with pre-loved waterproofs.

Sarah Howcroft, founder of Gift Your Gear & co-founder of Rohan, commented: “Since I started Gift Your Gear a year ago I have been amazed at the generosity of everyone, especially those who have donated gear. It is especially pleasing to be able to support People and the DALES, an inspirational project and the latest Gift Your Gear beneficiary, located only a stones’ throw from where Rohan started over 40 years ago.”

Roger Cann, managing director of Rohan, added: “Having lived for 8 of the last 10 years in Ilkley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, I know how uplifting this beautiful region can be. The support of Rohan customers and employees to the Gift Your Gear scheme has been fantastic and it is wonderful to be able to support the work of People and the DALES. Suitable clothing is vital to the enjoyment of the outdoors and I am sure this ‘gear’ will get a great second life.”

In addition to providing YDMT with their own stock of waterproofs for the People and the DALES project, the donation has enabled the project to set up a ‘library’ of waterproof coats which will be hosted by Sharing Voices Bradford, a mental health support charity for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the city, meaning that even more people can access them and benefit from being in the great outdoors.

The donated gear has already been put to good use by a group of service users from Sharing Voices Bradford who joined YDMT on the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve to learn about how to construct dry stone walls. Although it was a chilly and damp day, the waterproofs kept everyone warm and dry.

Kamran Yunis, a community development worker at Sharing Voices Bradford, said: “There were a few individuals who were reluctant at first to try the walling, and whilst walking up the hill to the walling area, were making up excuses to sit down and return to the minibus. Once they were shown what to do they really got stuck in and enjoyed every aspect of it. It seemed the ones who were reluctant were the ones who were then helping others. Being dry and comfortable in the new outdoor gear made a real difference to the level of enjoyment. It was fantastic that we could diversify our activities in the Dales, bringing invaluable benefit to our service users, and we look forward to planning further activities.”

Photo: YDMT's Gail Smith collecting the Gift Your Gear donations from the Rohan shop in Long Preston

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