A Leeds clothing company have generously donated over 40 unisex t-shirts and polo shirts to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s dignity clothing initiative for homeless patients and people in need.
The clothing brand, ‘Good Joe’, based in Leeds, was set up last year by Margaret Church and specialises in ethical clothing for men. The company sell T-shirts and Polo shirts and operate a ‘Buy one’, Give one’ model where for every shirt purchased, the company donate a new item of clothing to someone in need.
As part of the Dignity Clothing initiative, staff at the Trust have set up a dignity clothing cupboard at each of its three hospital sites (Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury and District), so that staff can easily access this facility for patients in need.
The founder of the Good Joe brand, Margaret Church, said “I am keen to contribute to the community and to help people who are facing challenging times. Last Christmas, we made our first donation to St George’s Crypt – a shelter for the homeless, who told me that often people arrive out of hospital with little or no suitable clothing, so it was great to hear that the Dignity initiative exists at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals.”
Lead Dementia Nurse, Anita Ruckledge MBE, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said; “Sometimes situations arise where patients have no clothes to go home in. We want to be able to provide new clothing to discharged patients who otherwise may not have anything to go home in. We are so grateful to Margaret and the Good Joe team for their generous donation of t-shirts. It’s so important to us that patients go home in a manner that protects their privacy and dignity.”
The clothing brand, plan to continue to donate t-shirts to the Trust’s dignity clothing initiative.