Holiday park scheme sees tonnes of clothes recycled

Haggerston Castle
Haggerston Castle

A north Northumberland
holiday resort has recycled more than 3.5 tonnes of unwanted clothing for charity.

Staff and holidaymakers at Haven Holidays’ Haggerston Castle Holiday Park, near Holy Island, have once again turned their unwanted clothes, shoes and textile items into valuable funds for charity, thanks to a continuing partnership between Haven Holidays and Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL).

Profits raised from the donations of unwanted clothing will be shared between Haven’s chosen charity, BBC Children In Need and The Salvation Army, which supports people who are vulnerable and in need across the UK.

Naomi Woodstock, head of publicity at Haven, hopes the partnership will continue to raise funds for charity for many years to come.

“As part of our environmental strategy, we were keen to reduce our levels of textile waste and SATCoL offered a partnership we could really engage with,” she said.

“The SATCoL bank gives visitors and staff at Haggerston Castle Holiday Park an easy way to recycle unwanted clothing and other textile items such as household linens, while helping to raise money for two very worthwhile causes.

“We have many families who enjoy visiting their caravans at Haggerston Castle throughout the summer and the opportunity to recycle using the SATCoL bank adds to the sense of community.

“It’s also helping us to reach our fund-raising goal of £300,000 for BBC Children in Need.”

Julian Sharpe, area representative at SATCoL, said: “We have been working closely with Haven Holidays to encourage textile recycling by its employees and those who visit Haggerston Castle.

“The holiday park already had impressive green credentials and we’re pleased to see staff and visitors are also embracing recycling by donating their unwanted clothing.

“SATCoL is very grateful for the generous donations we have received so far and we hope the bank will continue to provide employees and visitors with a way to recycle textile items while providing valuable support to The Salvation Army and BBC Children In Need.”

SATCoL’s clothing collection scheme started in 1991 and all donations of shoes (in pairs), clothing, handbags, belts, bed linens, towels and blankets, as long as they are clean, can be recycled.