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We regularly make contributions of both money and Lakeland products to organisations across the country, helping to make life just that little bit easier. Recently, we gave £10,000 in direct funding to The Lakes School, which is close to our Windermere flagship store and head office, for a brand new Home Economics unit. We also threw in £1,000 worth of kitchenware for the students to use. Who knows, the next master chef or baker could be training in there right now!
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 – we recently helped a school in Cambridge lay a running track, and there’s plenty more happening across the UK.
Each year, we take the first £20,000 we generate from our 5p carrier bag charge and donate it to The Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. They inspire people to enjoy the nature on their doorstep – and we couldn’t agree with this idea more. Any remaining money from the fund goes to Cumbria community activity, to support communities across our company’s home county.
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. Beneficiaries so far include Cancer Care, Blood Bikes, Air Ambulances, Macmillan Nurses and more.
Over the years, we’ve worked with charities to create product ranges that help generate much-needed cash for deserving causes, including baking ranges developed with BBC Children In Need and The Royal British Legion. Customers then use these for bake sales, which means even more money goes to charities close to many people’s hearts. Bring on the cakes and coffee mornings!
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.
We sponsor a host of local football, hockey, rugby and bowling clubs... and you may even catch Lakeland colleagues cheering from the sidelines!
Our lovely bunch of colleagues do lots of lovely things for charity completely off their own backs. Bake sales, epic hikes, even flying out to Romania to hand out Christmas Shoe Boxes – our team works hard to help some amazing causes and we couldn’t be prouder!
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).
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