UK charities celebrate their sporting heroes #sportingcharity

Charities all over the UK are engaging individuals in sport to enhance lives and improve local communities. Throughout November, In Kind Direct’s Charity Sports and Outdoor Campaign is celebrating the sporting achievements of UK charities supporting disabled people, injured servicemen, disadvantaged young people, elderly people and many others.

One of The Prince’s Charities, In Kind Direct, distributes stock donated by companies to UK charities to help them run their services and improve the lives of the vulnerable people they support. During November, In Kind Direct is running a campaign to boost stock donations from the sports and outdoor industry in response to increasing demand for its service from struggling UK charities.

Asda, Amazon, Adidas UK and Hy-Pro are amongst companies already pledging their support.

As part of the campaign In Kind Direct is running a social media competition asking charities “Who is your charity’s sporting hero?” using the hashtag #sportingcharity. 

Entries so far include:

DASH'S - Disablement Association Hillingdon

Tweeted “Our Sporting Hero Varinda attended the disability golf session and did brilliantly despite being new to the game. #sportingcharity”

Support Our Soldiers

Tweeted “Warrant Office Gareth Davies PTI and his team from the Quartermasters Dept in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan held a tennisathon on Armed Forces Day 2013 and raised over £2,000, in support of SOS's project with the military rehabilitation units which help injured soldiers regain their lives. #sportingcharity”

ACES - Ayrshire Communities Education and Sport

Tweeted “These three young coaches help bring various sports to disadvantaged local children, worked on a ‘No knives, better lives’ project with local police, and been nominated for an award from RBS Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes. #sportingcharity”

Golding Homes - Maidstone, Kent

Tweeted “These two elderly tenants attended a health and well-being event and cycled on a smoothie bike most of the day to make healthy smoothies for the young people of the community, making over 200 smoothies that day. #sportingcharity”

View all the social media competition entries on In Kind Direct’s Facebook page here:

Due to a big increase in the number of charities seeking help, In Kind Direct, one of The Prince’s Charities, is seeking donations of a wide range of sports and outdoor items to help them run their services and to provide activities for the vulnerable people they support.

By donating sports and outdoor items, companies can help charities sporting heroes achieve their goals and keep local communities active.

In Kind Direct is calling for large donations of the following:

• Footballs

• Judo mats

• Tennis rackets

• Bikes

• Sport bibs

• Camping equipment

• Tennis & cricket balls

• Swimming gear

• Parachutes

• Boot bags
• Darts & dart boards

• Sleeping bags

• Uni-hoc sets

• Football goals

• Hula hoops

• Rucksacks

• Skipping ropes

• Bean bags

• Vests & shorts

• Tents
• Nets of all kinds

• Shuttle cocks

• Sports holdalls

• T-shirts

• Shin pads

• Sports drinks

• Stop watches

• Trainers

• Gloves & head guards

• All outdoorwear

Could your company donate sports and outdoors products for UK charities?

To donate stock to In Kind Direct please call 020 7398 5510 or email donations@inkinddirect.org   Follow the Charity Sports and Outdoor Campaign on Twitter hashtag #sportingcharity