The relief of poverty or financial hardship, by providing redeemable charity shop vouchers for every day clothing to individuals and families in financial need.
IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
Our founders were concerned about the alarming growth of poverty in the UK and wanted to do something practical to help those who were living in poverty or who were experiencing financial difficulty.
Having witnessed the work of food banks, and how much they make a difference, we felt there was a discrepancy between those people who are able to afford the luxury of being able to donate their unwanted clothes to a charity shop and those who can’t afford to clothe themselves.
Clothe Me - Thank you bridges this social gap by harnessing the wealth of one group whilst servicing the needs of the other and still maintaining the dignity of the people it is helping.
With a growing number of charity shops on the high street and the number of people without the means to buy basic clothes, it seemed a natural progression to build a bridge between the two.
In a nutshell, our charity gives grants, in the form of vouchers, like any other you’d buy to use on the high street, which can be redeemed in our partner charity shops. These vouchers are distributed through food banks, homeless charities, and charities which support the elderly and families in need.
HOW IT WORKS
For every pound we receive, in most cases, that donation is able to be Gift Aided to us, allowing us to collect an additional 25p per pound donated.
So, if we take an example where one of our £10 vouchers is used at a charity shop; when we repay the charity shop, it only actually costs us £7.50 in real terms to repay that voucher, which means Clothe Me - Thank You can use the remaining £2.50 to give more grants to more people. In other words, every £1 we raise goes 25% further in most cases, than the face value of the voucher.c