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Donate your old shirts to Kitmas

Bristol Bears is partnering with Kitmas to provide good quality rugby kits to children in the UK who may not otherwise receive Christmas present this year.

More families than ever before will struggle to afford gifts this Christmas due to the cost of living crisis. Many Bears fans will have childhood memories of the joy and excitement of pulling on a new kit, and Kitmas aims to spread that happiness around the country.

The partnership with Kitmas is part of our continuing sustainability initiative, Project Whitebeam and our efforts to reduce all forms of waste by extending the lifecycle of every donated kit.

HOW TO HELP

  1. Make a donation here. Kitmas will use money raised to buy brand new replica rugby kits for the campaign
  2. Donate your pre-loved kit directly to Kitmas. This is the best way for Kitmas to sort, process and deliver shirts in time for Christmas Day. Simply send your unwanted old shirt to Kitmas Appeal, PO Box 481, Stroud, GL6 1NZ. Please check the criteria below and remember to pay the postage costs before sending
  3. Drop your old kit at the Ashton Gate kit amnesty point at the Bears game vs Zebre on Sunday, December 18th or at the reception at Shaftesbury Park ahead of Bears Women vs Loughborough. The kit amnesty point will be located at the pop-up shop in the south-west concourse near the Sports Bar doors. The Bears Community Foundation and Kitmas will endeavour to deliver as many as possible before Christmas and over the festive period

DONATION CRITERIA 

  • We are looking for replica football shirts of any size (junior or adult)
  • They can be of any club but Bristol Bears and international kits are particularly desired
  • Importantly, we request that all shirts are new or ‘like new’ or ‘very good quality’ – suitable for a Christmas present for a child
  • Unfortunately we’re currently unable to take leisure wear, replica shorst/socks or other rugby equipment at this time

All kits donated directly to Kitmas, at the Ashton Gate or Robins High Performance Centre amnesty points will be distributed to children in the local area via community charities.

We will endeavour to find alternative charitable uses for any shirts which don’t quite meet quality control checks to ensure someone benefits from the top and the product lifecycle is extended.

Please note we are unable to donate unwearable or damaged shirts.

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