South Tyneside charities benefit as £1,000 worth of bedding donated by companies

Hospitality and Hope volunteer Maureen Gribben, right, and Womens Aids Gemma Aslan, left, receive duvets and bedding from Stuart Urwin and Sunlites Joanne ONeil.
Hospitality and Hope volunteer Maureen Gribben, right, and Womens Aids Gemma Aslan, left, receive duvets and bedding from Stuart Urwin and Sunlites Joanne ONeil.

Kind-hearted companies have provided comfort for those in need this winter after donating more than £1,000 worth of goods to charity.

Poss Tub Laundry, based in Saint Johns Precinct, Hebburn, handed the duvets and bedding over to homeless charity Hospitality and Hope, which helps South Tyneside’s hungry and homeless, and South Tyneside Women’s Aid.

The charities we nominated were over the moon with the donations, and couldn’t thank us enough for choosing them

Stuart Urwin

Poss Tub are agents for North East company Sunlite Dry Cleaners, which was recently taken over and has undergone a rebrand.

Surplus duvet and bedding worth thousands of pounds is now being donated to charities across the region by Sunlite’s agents, including Poss Tub.

Stuart Urwin, Poss Tub’s managing director, said: “When the new owners of Sunlite took over, there were thousands of pounds worth of duvets and bedding which hadn’t been picked up by customers over the years.

“They had been in protected storage, and the new owners decided they wanted us to nominate charities who would benefit from a portion of them.

“It’s especially good at this time of year for charities.

“The charities we nominated were over the moon with the donations, and couldn’t thank us enough for choosing them.

“It’s a busy time of the year for them, and this couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Poss Tub also runs a charity, South Tyneside Community Laundry, which helps the elderly and disabled in the borough.

About 60 duvets, as well as bedding, was handed over and split between Hospitality and Hope, and South Tyneside Women’s Aid.

Mr Urwin said it gave him great satisfaction to know how vital the donations will prove to be in the months ahead.

He added: “It brought tears to my eyes to see how well-received they were by the charities and how grateful they were.

“We know they’re going to make a big difference.

“We run a charity, too, so we already do our bit, but it was humbling to help out this way as well.”