Vivark staff donates old clothes and uniforms to local charities


Vivark Staff, part of the First Ark Group has donated hundreds of items of clothes to benefit local charities.

Staff collected old clothes, uniforms and textiles for Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot and Dog’s Trust Merseyside.

The items will be sold in Willowbrook’s charity shop in Page Moss, raising vital funds to help it provide its services for families in Knowsley, and donated coats and jumpers will be used to insulate kennels and beds at the Dog’s Trust.

Willowbrook Hospice is the current Charity of the Year of the First Ark Group, which have been supporting the hospice with different activities over the past 12 months.

Sheila Tolley, Executive Director of Customers and Communities, said: “This initiative was part of a social responsibility week to raise awareness of the different ways we can give back to the communities we work in.

“We received an overwhelming response from staff, collecting 30 bags and boxes of items.

“At First Ark we are not just about providing excellent services to our customers, we want to create added value in our work, making a real positive difference and improving lives in Knowsley.”

Employees brought in old or unwanted items such as mobile phones, furniture, clothes, bags and shoes and ‘waste textiles’ such as odd socks, clean clothing with holes or rips or sheets and bedding.

First Ark staff helped coordinate a collection of over 300 old uniforms, mostly donated by operatives from Vivark, the Group’s repair and maintenance arm.

Aimee Best of Dogs Trust Merseyside said: “We are very grateful to First Ark employees for thinking of innovative ways of recycling their old uniforms including old fleeces and jumpers. This will help keep over 100 dogs at Dogs Trust Merseyside warm this winter.”

Willowbrook cares for patients with life-limiting diseases, helping improve their quality of life and support carers and their families.

Carol Varley from Willowbrook said: “First Ark’s generosity allows us to care for patients today and plan for our patients of the future. It costs £3m each year to provide our specialist care, that’s over £5 every single minute- so first Ark’s support is not only greatly appreciated but also vital.”

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