Lift Off!

Watch out London! The NEW #CharityVan is on it’s way!

On Thursday, at The Victory Services Club in London, we officially launched the Gone For Good #CharityVan. It is a courier service which aims to transform the way that people donate stock to charity shops. (read more here)

Joined by guests from our participating charities, our corporate partners, the Charity Retail Association and many other enthusiastic supporters, it was an inspiring and energising evening. So many people came to say hi and express their enthusiasm for the new service.

We have been overwhelmed by the support from our charity partners. By joining together, it enables us to create a connected service that will benefit charity retail as a whole. Their commitment has been amazing and we are very grateful for their support.

It wouldn’t be a party without a few bubbles and canapes. So, it is many thanks to Charity Fleetcare, OBS Logistics, Arnold Clark, Brother, UK Changes and Scrutton Bland for enabling this to happen, with their generous sponsorship.

Gone for Good, as champions of sustainability in all areas of life, were delighted with the new range of sustainable food. Created by The Victory Services Club, it couldn’t fail to add to the enjoyment of the night.

The journey to this stage thus far, has had it’s ups and downs but our team, pictured below, have worked tirelessly to make it all come together. We are passionate about providing an efficient service that will benefit charities, donors and the environment, in equal measure.

From left to right: Tony Hilton, Founder. Matt Haworth, Technical Director. Mark Charnock, Commercial director & Mike Rayner, Managing Director.

All involved with the #CharityVan have high hopes for it becoming a success. Receiving such positive feedback during the evening, was fantastic encouragement and we all left the party on a high. Gone for Good is now ready to get stuck in to the next stage and embrace the work ahead.

Many thanks to all whom were able to attend, we couldn’t do it without you.

So, what’s next?

On Monday 8th October, 2018, in-store training will begin.

Amongst our guests, there were a few charity shop managers. Their enthusiasm for their charities and our project was humbling and we can’t wait to visit them on their home turf.

A few days later our first and newly recruited #CharityVan drivers will be put through their paces. Hailing from a life in the Forces, we are delighted to be employing high calibre staff from an ex-military background. (read more here) Mike and Mark will be training them, from our base, in Manchester.

Key Dates

From Monday 15th October, 2018, anyone living within the M25 will be able to book a #CharityVan collection on-line or via the Gone for Good app.

Then, on Monday 22nd October, 2018, the first #CharityVan collections will be made!

We’ll be providing continuous updates so watch this space…!

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Photographs by Johnathan Taylor