Thousands benefit from bussed in boots… and shoes, and trousers, and dresses!

March 2013

Waiting for the 5p BusThousands of hard pressed people in the North East are benefitting from our mobile 5p Bus project which offers second hand clothing, bedding and toys at just five pence per item.

The 5p Bus is one of our community services which aims to relieve some of the most basic needs of the most impoverished in our region. The charity collects clothes donations and distributes them via a converted single decker bus which drives to over 120 locations each month including family centres, benefit offices, shopping precincts and churches. The mobility of the bus enables the service to travel where there is greatest need and to reach out to people across the whole of the region.

This is the fifth year in which the 5p Bus has been in operation, helping over 4,000 customers every month with donations provided from the public and sorted by volunteers who help out on the bus.

"This is charity in its purest form and we believe it's the right thing to do, especially during this challenging climate," says Moira Ashman, St Cuthberts Care's Deputy Chief Executive. "We would be very happy to hear from any businesses that can offer us reduced or subsidised fuel – this is our greatest cost and has increased significantly over the past few years.

"We are also urging the public to continue to donate their good quality clothing and items to us or offer a commitment to volunteer to help the service," Moira added.

We are always looking for donations of second hand goods. Items can be dropped off at our depot at the Sands Industrial Estate in Swalwell. Call the depot on 0191 488 5031 for opening times or to ask about collections.

For more information on how to support the 5p Bus or would like it to visit your area contact Moira Ashman or Iris Boyd at St Cuthberts Care on 0191 228 0111.