Age UK and The Wombles join forces to encourage the public to recycle and reuse by supporting the Charity’s shops in 2023
Christmas may be over, but The Wombles have joined forces with Age UK to show everyone that the goodwill doesn’t have to be! The Charity has teamed up with the much-loved children’s characters so that they can spread their positive message of local environmentalism and encourage the public to join the sustainable movement by supporting Age UK’s shops.
The Wombles, who champion sustainability, a love of nature and the importance of community, will be working with the Charity throughout the year as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Together they hope to inspire people to adopt positive (Womble-style) behaviour, whether that’s by recycling their unwanted items and donating them to Age UK shops, or by reusing pre-loved items purchased in the Charity’s shops.
Age UK shops raise funds to support vital services for older people, including the Charity’s free and confidential national Advice Line and Telephone Friendship Services. Items donated are sold on to be loved again, raising funds for the Charity and helping to reduce waste and landfill.
To kick-start their work, The Wombles are urging people to donate any unwanted Christmas gifts to their nearest Age UK shop. Instead of letting that book you’ve already read or that novelty jumper you’ll never wear gather dust in the loft, The Wombles are asking you to donate them to Age UK where they will be sold on to be loved again!
The oldest and wisest of The Wombles, Great Uncle Bulgaria, said: “We all have a part to play in looking after our environment and each other, which is why we have teamed up with Age UK.
“By supporting Age UK’s charity shops, both by purchasing items and donating your unwanted items, you will not only be doing your bit for the environment but helping a great cause!
“Funds raised from the Charity’s shops will be used to support older people across the country, who often have no one else to turn to. So instead of letting that Christmas gift you’re unsure of go to waste, make like a Womble and donate it to Age UK to be reused and loved again.”
Nick Smith, Retail Director at Age UK, said: “We are thrilled to be able to team up with the much-loved Womble family to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and reusing. There is a growing consciousness of the downsides of a ‘buy today, throw away tomorrow’ culture, and we hope The Wombles will help spread the word about the benefits of both donating to and shopping in Age UK’s charity shops.
“It can be difficult to know what to do with gifts that will never be used, or that you don’t want, so to help us get started Age UK and The Wombles are calling on everyone to donate any unwanted presents to our charity shops. Not only will you be helping to reduce waste, but you will be helping raise much-needed funds so that Age UK can run vital services to support the older people who need us most.”
When donating unwanted Christmas gifts, The Wombles and Age UK are also encouraging people to make their donations worth an extra 25% for the Charity by signing up to Gift Aid. Simply filling out a basic form when dropping off donations means Age UK will receive an extra 25p from the government for every £1 that is raised from donated goods and it won’t cost you a penny!
Age UK has over 250 shops across England and Wales, which are reliant on the generous donations of the local community to keep the shelves stocked and are supported by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. To find your nearest Age UK shop visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/shops