Skip Firm Funds Food Bank

Author: Samuel Beckingham
Updated: May 31, 2023
3 minutes read

As households and businesses across the UK have struggled with the cost of living, rising levels of inflation and the unending increase in food prices, more people have become reliant on the help of charities and food banks. The Trussell Trust recently revealed that almost 3 million emergency food parcels were handed out in the last year alone, which was more than was needed at the height of the pandemic.

To keep charities and non-profit organisations like The Trussell Trust going, it’s important that they receive steady donations from those that are able. In Northamptonshire, one skip hire company took it upon themselves to support the locals as well as keep their business running. Bailey’s Skip Hire and Recycling went above and beyond to help out families in the local area. They pledged to make a donation to feed a family of four for every skip that was ordered.

During the week leading up to Easter this year, the company was able to raise money for Kettering Foodbank. The non-profit organisation works with people in need to provide basic support that anyone has been unable to afford. Not only this, but volunteers work with families to assess their situations and try to identify and resolve any underlying causes. The overall goal is to prevent people needing food banks in the first place.

With the average value of Kettering Foodbank’s parcels coming to £104 and the number of parcels delivered in March at 7,248, it takes a lot of funding to keep the organisation and families afloat. Bailey’s Skip Hire wanted to do their part, so money was put aside for every skip that was hired during the buildup to Easter. They managed to raise a total of £3,230, which is the equivalent of 23 food packages. It’s the perfect example of a local community coming together.

Bailey’s is a family run business that has charity at its core. They also work with Air Ambulance Warwickshire in a clothing recycling scheme. Clothing waste from fast fashion is diverted from landfill as every skip that’s delivered also comes with clothing recycling bags. The Air Ambulance operates clothing recycling drop-off points throughout the UK, but by teaming up with Bailey’s, they’re able to provide a suitable service for anyone performing a home clearout.

At least two tonnes of clothing waste has been saved from going into landfill and has gone on to help raise over £2,000 for the Air Ambulance. Fast fashion is one of the biggest problems of the modern age. Without upcycling, clothes swapping, or wearing for longer, many fabrics end up in waste. Textile production is one of the major contributors to global emissions, so any way in which local businesses can prevent clothing waste is a bonus for us all.

If more businesses, whether local or national, were to support charities in their area, more social good could be seen throughout the UK. As demonstrated by Bailey’s, you don’t have to be a multi-million pound business to make a difference.

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