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Paralegal, Jade-Alicia Pollitt, shares her recent experience volunteering for Wakefield Hospice Clothing Bank as part of Minster Law’s CSR programme. 

Three colleagues and I spent some time at Wakefield Council clothing bank in November 2022 to provide a day of assistance to them as part of the company wide corporate social responsibility programme (CSR). Each year, Minster Law encourages all staff to give back to the local community by offering time and assistance to good causes.

On our arrival at the clothing bank, we were given a whistle-stop tour of the warehouse and given details of the clothing and items which they accept before we were given stations to work at for the day.

Lee and I were given the responsibility of sorting clothing items which had been received into the warehouse but were not suitable for selling. Our colleagues, Ebony and Victoria, were given the task of labelling and tagging all items which were suitable to be sold.

The hospice works hard to avoid any waste. Any items that are not suitable for selling in one of the charity shops or on eBay are shipped overseas and given to those less fortunate. Nothing is sent to landfill if it can be avoided.  The charity even keeps and repurposes heavily marked items.

The charity also takes in bric-a-brac, electrical items, and furniture. Some of the items of furniture are sent to Wakefield Prison for inmates to re-purpose in their workshops which is another great community involvement.

The hospice provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care and offers its core services for free to all patients and their families. It costs £11,500.00 per day to run the hospice and they need to raise over £4 million each year so every donation really does count.

It’s great to be given the opportunity to support such a good cause as part of the firm’s commitment to CSR and I look forward to the next time.