Armadillo ‘supplies’ homelessness charity with heavy-duty clothing donation
Armadillo Supplies, PPE and workwear provider, have donated clothing for over 200 people including heavy-duty coats, gloves hats and thermal socks worth £13,000. This donation has been made to The Wallich charity, which aims to prevent rough sleeping and help people into volunteering, education or employment.
The donation will support The Wallich’s rough sleepers’ intervention teams (RSIT) in Newport, Bridgend, Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham, as well as those participating in its BOSS project – an initiative that reintegrates ex-offenders into their communities through skills training and work placements.
Statistics from the charity suggest that the number of people sleeping rough in the locations in which it operates is increasing. In the third quarter of 2017, The Wallich supported 560 people in Cardiff 130 people in Newport, 39 people in Bridgend, 198 people in Swansea and 61 people in Wrexham.
"We can’t thank Armadillo enough for providing brand-new, warm clothing for our clients," said Mike Walmsley, corporate fundraising manager at The Wallich. "The donation will help people experiencing homelessness and those undertaking employability training with us."
"Many of the people we support have had to ‘make-do’ for a long time with second hand clothes, and sometimes they’re not up to the job. Something as simple as a brand new waterproof jacket, that fits properly, shows a person that they are valued and that they deserve nice things. This has a positive impact in helping someone back on their feet after experiencing a challenging period of their life."
Armadillo directors Shane Heath, Terry Daniels and Nathan Bowles donated the winter packs during a visit to The Wallich’s Learning Centre in Cardiff where they discussed the crucial work of the RSIT and BOSS project teams.
Nathan Bowles, non-executive director of Armadillo Supplies, said: "Given our line of work, we felt we could help those who are in need of some protection against the typically cold and unpredictable weather. We recognise that many of those who we are helping wouldn’t otherwise have the funds or means to have a new heavy-duty coat this winter."