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Kitsquad – donate your second hand adventure gear

Giving second hand adventure gear a new purpose.

Giving second-hand adventure gear a new purpose. Donated gear is passed onto low-income individuals to get them outdoors. Low income shouldn't be a barrier to having adventures
Set up at the beginning of 2019, the aims are simply to supply low-income individuals with donated second-hand adventure gear that will enable them to get outdoors.
The idea for this scheme came from the kit lists used for the DofE and scouting expeditions my kids were completing. We are a low income family, though being outdoors is what we do, so we luckily had the gear already. It made me realise that many people may well be missing out on the physical and mental benefits of being in the great outdoors simply due to being unable to afford the correct gear that would allow them to safely and comfortably.
This is how Kitsquad was born.
We are big on recycling and reusing second-hand gear in our family. Admittedly, finances do come into this, but also because environmentally, the benefits of recycling are well documented. It's amazing how much gear people have that doesn't get used!

How it works:

If you have adventure gear that you would like to donate, please contact me directly and we'll arrange to get it here.
Once the gear arrives, its checked, cleaned and re-proofed if necessary and logged.
If you are a low-income individual who needs gear, get in touch and tell use what you need and we'll take it from there
It really is as simple as that, without the incredible donations we receive, this scheme wouldn't work.
Who are the beneficiaries:
So far, we have supplied many people with the most awesome second-hand gear. These include getting a lady the right gear to complete a charity hike up Kilimanjaro, getting a family out wild camping, kitting out a family with hiking boots and rucksacks for walks in the countryside and providing bike packing equipment for a multiday biking trip.
** please note that the identities of our beneficiaries are kept confidential **

What gear do we need? (this is not an exhaustive list!):

Day rucksacks
Expedition rucksacks
Rucksack liners
Rucksack rain covers
Drybags
Hiking boots
Hiking shoes
Trail running shoes
Tents
Bivvy bags
Sleeping bags
Sleeping mats
Camping quilts
Baselayers
Down jackets
Fleeces
Waterproof jackets
Waterproof trousers
Hiking trouser
Technical leggings
Technical t-shirts
Socks
Gloves/mittens
Hats (woolly and sun hats)
Camping Stoves
Lightweight camping pans
Sporks
Camping bowls and plates
Food flasks
Re-usable water/steel bottles
Mugs (enamel and collapsible)
Torches/head torches
First aid kits
Emergency whistles
Group shelters
Emergency bivvy bags
Compass
Hiking poles
Trail guide books
Maps
Power banks
Dry robes
Towelling robes
Wet suits/neoprene clothing
Swimming Shoes
Neoprene socks and gloves

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