myLakeland Charity Pot
Back in 2019 we launched our fantastic myLakeland club that gives members a huge range of exclusive savings and hand-picked offers. We know how important it is to give something back, so whenever members shop with us, we add a few pennies to our Charity Pot that supports some amazing local and national charities. Nationally, we're proud to support Shelter who help people struggling with bad housing or homelessness; The Trussell Trust who support a nationwide network of foodbanks, and the Woodland Trust who protect woodland and aim to plant 50 million trees by 2025. Locally, we support a range of charities close to our Lake District base with the help of the Cumbria Community Foundation. Learn more about how our myLakeland Charity Pot has supported them at the bottom of this page. You can make a difference just by being a club member, so if you're in interested in joining, check out our myLakeland page here.
Financial and product donations
We regularly make contributions of both money and Lakeland products to organisations across the country, helping to make life just that little bit easier. We have recently supported Springfield, Lighthouse, Jigsaw, South Lakeland Citizens Advice and Men in Sheds - all worthwhile causes in the local area surrounding our head office and flagship store in Windermere.
Recycling: good. Recycling to raise funds: even better!
It's more important than ever to reuse and recycle whatever we can, whenever we can - waste has a huge negative impact on our planet and we want to do our bit! We recycle cardboard, plastics and even the wood pallets from our Distribution Centre, and when we do, we generate more funds. Our colleagues across the country decide where this money goes and we spread it far and wide. In 2022 we donated over £40,000 from this fund, to 50 charities across the UK, nominated by individual colleagues.
Carrier Bag Fund
Each year, we donate the money generated from our 10p carrier bag charge to an environmental cause. In 2023 we have supported Cumbria Wildlife Trust with a £20,000 donation. This will enable 'Lakeland' Meadows - the restoration of 8 acres of wildflower meadows in the central/South Lakes area. We have also supported the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, to ensure that the proceeds from carrier bag sales in those nations, go towards good causes in that same nation.
Making good use of the things you return
As the saying goes, one man's junk is another man's treasure... Sometimes, products get returned that aren't in good enough condition to resell to other customers - but that doesn't mean they go to waste. Instead, we offer them to our colleagues, and money generated from these sales goes to support charitable and community needs. Recent beneficiaries include Cancer Care, The Well Communities, Blood Bikes, Air Ambulances and more.
When needs must, we have to pull together. Sometimes things happen that are out of anyone's control, and the impact can be devastating on families and communities alike. When Storm Desmond hit in 2015, we were able to contribute £25,000 directly to help people whose homes and possessions were damaged in the flooding, as well as providing products to help re-equip people's homes. Like so many others, we've been shocked and saddened at the events in Ukraine. We donated £25,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal in 2022 to go towards providing food, water, shelter and medical supplies to Ukrainian families.
In 2023, the myLakeland club gave an incredible £20,000 to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home and to fight the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on people and our society. Every day, they stand alongside those most at risk from the housing emergency through their campaigns for change, emergency support and specialist legal advice.
£10,000 could pay for:
- 344 calls to their emergency helpline with a Shelter adviser.
- Or, legally represent 166 families in complex court hearings.
- Or, support 434 essential webchats providing essential housing advice.
Laura was made homeless last Christmas through a no-fault eviction issued by her landlord. The council put Laura and her two sons in an unsuitable temporary accommodation flat which was unfinished and unsafe for her 4 year-old autistic son, Dylan who had no sense of danger. Laura came to Shelter for help. Shelter Adviser, Gerard worked with Laura and the council to get her moved into a safer temporary accommodation flat and then finally into a 3 bedroom private rental with a garden, which was really important for Dylan.
“Shelter massively helped me. My advisor Gerard had so much knowledge and helped me so much with all the legal side of things. Without Gerard guiding me and telling me what I should do, and talking about things to look forward to, I don’t know where we’d be now.”
The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks providing emergency food and support to people facing hardship and campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Over the last 12 months, food banks in the Trussell Trust's network have provided record numbers of emergency food parcels to people facing hardship. This isn't right.
Did you know:
- Food banks in the Trussell Trust network gave out a record 1.5 million emergency food parcels between April and September 2023. This is the highest number of parcels food banks ever distributed in this six-month period, as the relentless cost of living crisis drives a record number of people to food banks.
- A record 540,000 emergency food parcels were provided by food banks in the Trussell Trust network to support more than 265,000 children across the UK. This is 11% more than the same time last year.
- The Trussell Trust forecasts that food banks in their network will distribute more than 1 million emergency food parcels between December 2023 and February 2024 and they expect to provide a parcel every 8 seconds this winter.
"We are very grateful to the team at Lakeland for their incredible support. Ultimately, no one in the UK should need a food bank - all of us should have enough money for the essentials like food, clothing and heating. The support of myLakeland club members will help food banks within our network continue to provide compassionate emergency support for people facing hardship, while we work in the long term to end the need for food banks, for good. Thank you." The Trussell Trust team
*Data from November 2023
The Woodland Trust
As the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust has been standing up for woods, trees and wildlife since 1972. Creating, restoring and protecting precious and irreplaceable woodland for over 50 years, the Trust has planted more than 55 million native trees with a mission to establish 50 million more by 2025. Throughout our partnership, we've been able to make a real impact together.
- The myLakeland Charity Pot donated over 10,000 trees to the Woodland Trust.
- Your support provides free tree packs to schools and communities across the UK.
- Your donations continue to go towards planting new native trees nationwide.
The team at the Woodland Trust couldn't be prouder of our 15 year long relationship!
"Our relationship has gone from strength to strength and the work we have accomplished has provided a haven for people, nature and wildlife whilst bringing real benefit to communities nationwide.
Thank you myLakeland members; your support has had an incredible impact. We hope that our relationship will continue to flourish for years to come, helping us to create a world where woods and trees thrive for people and wildlife." - Darren Moorcroft, CEO, the Woodland Trust.
Cumbria Community Foundation
A proportion of what goes into the myLakeland Charity Pot supports many causes local to our Lake District base via the efforts of the Cumbria Community Foundation. They help improve the health and wellbeing of local people and projects that help the local environment, mainly in South Cumbria.
Charitable, not-for-profit organisations that meet the criteria needed are able to apply for funding. Local carer support, youth and mental health services have all benefitted.
To make sure we can help as many charities and people as possible, we focus our support on the areas outlined above. We regularly ask our colleagues nationally and at our Windermere Head Office and Distribution Centre in Kendal to support with decision making and charity selection. Our local and national charities have been chosen for this year and we don't accept unsolicited applications. Nor do we sponsor individuals, publications, videos or websites.
If you would like to apply for funding, please send an email to [email protected] and we will review it as part of our bi-annual audit. We're sure you'll appreciate we receive a lot of communication on this topic, so please assume that if you don't hear back from us, your application has been unsuccessful this time.
Trussell Trust - Reg. Charity in England & Wales (1110522) and Scotland (SC044246). Reg. Ltd. Co. in England & Wales (5434524).
Shelter, the National Campaign for Homeless People Limited - Charity number: 263710 (England and Wales), SC002327 (Scotland).
The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885).