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Helping charities to clean up

Published 28th November, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Helping charities to clean up

Vectair Systems has donated thousands of pounds of washroom items to help charities clean up and save money. The company, based in Basingstoke, has given £36,000 worth of goods to In Kind Direct. In Kind Direct takes donations of surplus stock from companies and redistributes it to charities so that they do not need to buy everyday items like cleaning materials, helping them make their charitable donations go further.

“In Kind Direct redistributes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers to charities across the UK, such as hospices, women’s refuges and youth projects,” said Vectair’s marketing manager, Louise Goldsmith. “The charity currently has an urgent demand for cleaning and household products and essentials such as surface cleaners, soaps, cleaning cloths, and disinfectants so our donation was very welcome. With funding cuts, rising costs and increasing demand, their need to supply to charities relying on their service has never been greater and we were very happy to help. It’s certainly nice to think that our products are helping charities to make their precious funding go further.”

In Kind Direct was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996 and is one of The Prince's Charities, which is the largest multi-cause enterprise in the United Kingdom. Since it was formed in 1996, In Kind Direct has redistributed goods valued at £130 million.

Emmaus is an example of just one of the charities In Kind Direct supports. Emmaus provide both a home and employment to men who were formerly homeless, and give them the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. There are currently 23 Emmaus Communities around the UK and several more in development.