Repair and reuse to keep others warm - Zip Yard helps homeless

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Unwanted clothing, even items which needs mending, are being given new life as a tailor shop teams up with a homeless charity.

Bedford alterations and tailoring centre, The ZipYard is encouraging people to donate items of warm clothing for the homeless this winter.

The Zip Yard director Graeme Mulheron says he will deliver all donated items to The Prebend Day Centre, which will distribute clothes to the people that need them.

He said: “The Prebend Day Centre goes above and beyond to help people on the streets.

“The ZipYard is proud to support their cause and hopes people will dig deep and think of those in need.”

He added: “We have trained seamstresses on site so it is easy for us to quickly mend any clothes needing a repair. Too many garments are thrown away just because they need mending.”

In return for their generosity, customers will be given a voucher for ten per cent off the cost of repairs or alterations to be used in December and January at The ZipYard on the High Street.

If an item of clothing a customer donates needs repairing, The ZipYard Bedford will carry out the work for free.

Donations can be dropped at The ZipYard, High Street, Bedford, which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm, and Saturday to 5pm.

Call 01234 217771 for more information.