New scheme aims to save UK charities over £100,000 on kit costs in next 12 months

A former London Marathon associate has teamed up with a British sportswear brands to launch a new scheme that will save UK charities an estimated £100,000 this year.

The initiative already involves dozens of charities across the country forming a ‘buying supergroup’ that enables them to order high quality race shirts and vests in bulk at low prices.

By slashing the sums that charities spend buying race tops every year, the scheme also ensures that even more of the funds raised by runners goes towards supporting their chosen charity.

The man launching the initiative is Mark Ussher, co-founder of Run for Charity, an organisation dedicated to supporting UK charities and their runners.

He’s joined forces with Crewroom, the official race shirt supplier to races such as the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and Ultra.

Ussher, 32, Run for Charity’s new business and partnerships director, says: “This scheme is just plain common sense and is based on the ‘strength in numbers’ principle.

“We’re starting with race shirts, but the idea in the future will be to reduce costs for charities using a number of new and innovative methods.

“After analysing the struggles charities face in regards to buying quality running vests and T-shirts for their devoted supporters, we wanted to try and do something to help.

“Following the philosophy, we came to the conclusion that charities need to work together to reduce costs and increase quality.

“It’s common sense that the more vests we order, the cheaper they become.”

Over 50 charities have already signed up for the Run for Charity programme, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Society and Dreams Come True.

Ussher says: “Strength in numbers will save over £3,000 per charity on an order of 1,000 vests.

We believe we will help save over £100,000 in the next 12 months through this programme.

“It will also be good to think the scheme will ensure every charity runner in one of our vests will know that even more of their money has gone towards supporting the cause they are so passionate about.”

Kate Giles adds: “Crewroom supplies sportswear to organisations around the world and we also have many clients in the UK.

“It strikes us that, at the moment, many British charities are buying cheap running shirts at a premium price.

“Often the vests are poor quality too, which is a shame.

“We’re delighted to support Mark and Run for Charity with this initiative.

“Because of the quantities involved, we can supply a high quality garment while keeping prices low.

“The charities we’ve spoken to through Run for Charity all agree that makes sense and are pleased to order through us in bulk.”

Martin Neale, events manager for Dreams Come True, the charity that supports terminally and seriously ill children, praised the new money saving scheme as “amazing”.

He says: “We were quoted over £7 for our tops last month and the quality was only a fraction as good as Crewroom’s.

“By taking advantage of this offer we have saved nearly £3,000.

“You can tell that Crewroom are interested in runners and how they feel and, of course, the price isn’t bad.”

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