Retailer TOG24 donates outdoor gear to Huddersfield school

Pupils at Southgate School trying out their new gear

TOG24 has donated thousands of pounds worth of outdoor gear to Southgate School in Almondbury for pupils taking part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

TOG24, the outdoor retailer whose Head Office is in Heckmondwike, has donated waterproof trousers and jackets to the 43 Southgate School pupils taking part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh, plus gear for their instructors.

Ben Walker, Outdoor Leader and Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader at Southgate School, said: “TOG24’s support means we can spend time doing what we do best by delivering activities and residential opportunities to our pupils rather than having to worry about where the equipment will come from. We can take the pupils out and are now confident that they will remain dry no matter what the weather conditions.”

Pupils put the gear through its first test last week at Dovestones in the Peak District as part of the group’s Bronze Qualifying Expedition.

Mark Ward, TOG24 Managing Director, added: “We’re proud to have our roots in Yorkshire and we have a strong legacy of looking after our own. My grandfather and founder of TOG24, Don Ward, also known as ‘Big D’, was a great supporter of local charities and schools who were trying to get more children and vulnerable adults into the great outdoors. Donald’s sons carried on this great tradition and donated clothing to numerous good causes in Yorkshire and further afield. To this day, we continue Donald’s work in supporting worthy causes & organisations in donating clothing to assist in getting more young people outdoors and being active, so we were more delighted to help Southgate School.”

In addition to providing the school with brand new clothing, TOG24 also donated end of line items to avoid sending products to landfill. This is part of TOG24’s sustainability commitment never to throw anything away.

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