Hospice gets boost from van hire firm

A Teesside hospice is delighted to be operating a new fleet of vans which will help them keep their important charity shops well stocked. The hospice now operates a number of vans throughout the area to assist the thirteen charity shops across the Tees Valley.

The fleet will now collect and deliver what the hospice describes as “pre-loved” furniture and clothing to help replenish their fund raising shops. Thanks to the new partnership with Northgate Van Hire of Darlington, Teesside Hospice’s transport and van insurance costs will be almost halved but their van fleet upgraded. The logos of both Teesside Hospice and Northgate Van Hire will be displayed on each of the vans.

Tracy O’Donnell, charity shops area manager, said “We can now improve our service to our supporters even more while also making savings. The additional van will allow for extra collections and deliveries, and we will have a van specifically for our new Teesside Hospice Vintage Wardrobe. The new Vintage Wardrobe van will be used by the hospice to visit resident’s homes to host Teesside Hospice Vintage Wardrobe parties and will also be used to collect fruit and vegetables from the hospice’s allotment to sell in its shops.”

Van hire giant Northgate have gone into the new partnership despite recently saying they are weathering the challenges of the economy. The company recently created around two-hundred jobs as part of a reorganisation of the business into one brand, including the opening of a second office in Darlington and they operate throughout the United Kingdom and Spain. The reshaping of their business plan has resulted in an almost doubling of annual profits to £46m from £26.5m a year ago, despite revenues dipping by 1.2%.

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