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Giving Outdoor Gear A 2nd Life

Giving Outdoor Gear A 2nd Life
2 February 2021

Here at Ellis Brigham, we’re working with homeless charities across the UK to recycle your outdoor gear and give it a second life.

An estimated 320,000* people are homeless in the UK and these individuals have a need for good quality clothing and equipment to keep them dry and warm whilst on the streets.

The value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion with an estimated £140 million worth of clothing going into landfill each year**

Our ‘2nd Life’ initiative matches the needs of the homeless with unused clothing and aims to help protect homeless people from the elements whilst reducing the environmental impact of sending clothes to landfill.


DONATE YOUR DOWN - As winter is here we are asking people to specifically donate down jackets alongside other items (see below for full list). 


Charities That Will Benefit:


Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) - London


SCTSCT was one of the first organisations in the UK offering shelter and support for alcoholic and homeless men founded by the church community at Christchurch in Spitalfields following the tragic death of a homeless man on the steps of their church.

For more than 50 years they have been working in east London to rebuild the lives of people in recovery from addiction and homelessness.

Over that time they have supported thousands of people to move away from chaotic lives on the edges of our society. Sadly the situation is still critical for homeless and addicted people with over 440 people dying on the streets over the last 12-months.

"£140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year"



Barnabus – Manchester



Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity, providing a lifeline to the homeless in Manchester for over 25 years. They offer help with accommodation, rehabilitation, practical support, healthcare, skills training and links to employment opportunities.

They also offer a range of creative activities and volunteering opportunities including peer mentoring to build confidence, skills and wellbeing.


Our Scottish teams have selected to support The Invisibles  - a Glasgow based homeless charity.


"An estimated 320,000* people are homeless in the UK"


What can I donate?

We can rehome down jackets, outdoor jackets, outdoor trousers, sleeping bag, hats, base layers as well as fleeces. Items should be clean and where possible reproofed. 


Where can I donate?

We currently have six drop off points:


Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 138-139 The Street, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EN
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 10-12 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HA
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 130 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GQ
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 9-10 Grampian Rd, Aviemore, Scotland, PH22 1RH
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, St Mary’s Hall, Belford Rd, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6BT
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Unit 16 Soar at Intu Braehead, King's Inch Rd, Braehead, PA4 8XQ

Alternatively, you can choose to post us your donations or include in any return to us. To do this simply call 0808 164 0600 or email us at customer.services@ellis-brigham.com

Please mark any donations with: 2nd Life Clothing Donation


*Source: Shelter 2018

**Source: Wrap http://www.wrap.org.uk/

Charity Donations So Far

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