The organisation is the brainchild of Rohan founder Sarah Howcroft and cleverly matches unwanted outdoor gear with UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.
Technological advances, Xmas and birthday presents, changing interests, and even expanding waistlines are all reasons why many hillgoers have perfectly useable gear lying about no longer used. The aim of Gift Your Gear is to help the next generation get outdoors. Children and young people need to get outdoors for their physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. The ability to pay for outdoor clothing and equipment is often cited as a reason for non-participation. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable. Donating your unused gear can also make you feel a little less guilty about upgrading to the latest “must-have”.
Sarah, stresses the importance of reusing outdoor gear that still has plenty of life left in it, “Most outdoor gear will last much longer than we want or need it too, its full potential is never realised.
“The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling the next generation to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances.”
Gift Your Gear gear ask that all donations be clean and should be able to be reused for its original purpose. For example, tents should be complete and all clothing should be reusable without repair. They will accept:
Waterproof Outdoor Jackets
All and any Fleece
Walking and Technical Trousers and Salopettes
Hats gloves scarves and socks as long as they are suitable for the UK hills
Waterproof over trousers
All children’s outdoor clothing
Maps and guides
Tents and shelters
Pots and pans suitable for lightweight camping
Climbing gear will be sent to Green Park Gear
Mountain sun and glacier glasses
Gift Your Gear do not want:
Any gas cylinders
All reusable and fit for purpose gear is sent out to one of the 150 pre-approved Gift Your Gear charity and community groups working with young people in the outdoors. As well as donating at Rohan shops during March you can also send items in the post via the website. For these items Gift Your Gear will email details of the charity that has received your donated gear.
The organisation is also looking for more community and charity groups that need gear, so if you know of a group that would benefit from a donation of outdoor gear get in touch through the Gift Your Gear website.