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Virgin Trains are donating special warm gifts to homeless dogs this winter

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As a cold winter begins to arrive, homeless people and their dogs will be given warm blankets thanks to Virgin Trains and the prisoners at HMP Northumberland.

By Memoona Zahid, 12 Sep 2019

Clothes that were previously shell jackets, coats, shirts, trousers and suits have been transformed into clothing, blankets and dog coats.

Upcycled clothes

The clothes that were previously worn by staff were upcycled by prisoners at HMP Northumberland where there is a textile factory.

The items will be given out at Liverpool Lime Street or go to local charities to be donated to homeless people.

Unbranded dog coats will be given to people living on the streets who have a dog friend of their own. Dog coats which are branded will be distributed to staff for a donation, the proceeds of which will go to charities.

A good initiative

This initiative arises after Virgin Trains partnered with Change Please Coffee, an organisation which trains people who have previously experienced homelessness, to become baristas and make yummy warm drinks.

Jo Buckley, Community Manager at Virgin Trains says - “We set ourselves the challenge to be creative and socially responsible with disposing of these old uniforms.

"It’s also a smart and socially responsible way to handle our waste.

“It’s so rewarding to see the re-purposed uniform benefitting those who really need a little warmth and comfort during the winter months and we’re so proud to play a small part in helping the homeless alongside our work with our partners Change Please Coffee."

It's lovely to see our fluffy friends being taken care of in the coldness of the approaching winter.