‘ As a small charity tackling the hidden issue of clothing poverty, we have been hit hard by the ongoing effects of the covid pandemic and cost of living crisis. We have seen a huge surge in demand for our help- enabling over 26 000 people to access their #RighttoClothing in 2022, and this has been achieved with a vastly reduced volunteer team.
In November 2022 as we were preparing our usual, It's a Wrap campaign, providing warm winter woolies, hats scarves, gloves etc, our premises was broken into and all of this stock was unfortunately stolen.
We had no sooner replaced everything and we busy collecting brand new packs of adults and children's underwear as part of our #secret pantsa campaign, when we unfortunately had the trauma of another break-in and all of out replacement stock, plus newly donated stock was also stolen, along with items of great sentimental value to our organisation.
The funding from the Nottinghamshire Masons was a lifeline and enabled us to install CCTV, security lighting and a security doorbell. We were also able to pay for the costs of locksmiths and improving security to our windows and doors, whilst also funding staff training in order to improve staff confidence and safety following these break-ins.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Nottinghamshire Masons at such a difficult time as it allowed us to continue our operations through December despite the circumstances we found ourselves in".