Gearing up for your unwanted outdoor clothes

David Harris, with some of the donated clothes, from

David Harris, with some of the donated clothes, from "Gift Your Gear" at Rohan, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

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People with outdoor clothing they no longer want could help others enjoy life-changing experiences in the great outdoors.

Hebden Bridge adventure clothing outlet Rohan, in St George’s Square, is gearing itself up for a month-long charity effort and wants the support of the Calder Valley.

“Gift Your Gear”, which will be running throughout March and was set up by Rohan’s co-founder and former Mytholmroyd school girl Sarah Howcroft, aims to enable people to benefit from life-changing experiences, regardless of their circumstances.

Store manager David Thorne said: “We are encouraging people to bring any unwanted, but usable, outdoor trousers, jackets and fleeces into the shop including children’s outdoor gear, regardless of brand. These will then be donated to local community organisations, youth groups and charities for outdoor projects.”

The shop will take outdoor gear of any brand and as an incentive for local people to get involved in “gifting their gear” it is offering a 15 per cent discount off all purchases made on the day.

Mr Thorne said: “We got a fantastic response from customers last year with nearly 7,000 garments being donated to our stores nationwide.

“We are again inviting people to nominate themselves or their organisation for the outdoor gear. It could be a local scout group; a school class; someone who is planning a fundraising effort to climb Kilimanjaro; perhaps a community group in their local area. We will welcome all suggestions from anyone who thinks they can benefit from the outdoor gear.”

Anyone interested should email explaining why they want the gear.

The Rohan team will assess all the applications and support as many they can.

Rohan has outlets all over Great Britain, with others in West Yorkshire being at Shipley and Leeds.

For more information, call 01422 845755 or visit

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