Virgin Trains uniforms put to good use for the homeless
Virgin Trains will donate blankets, scarves and dog coats which have been made from old staff uniforms to homeless charities. The upcycled clothes – many of which are in Virgin Train’s signature colour of red – were transformed by prisoners at HMP Northumberland at their onsite textile factory. Items will either be distributed by Virgin staff at London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street and Glasgow Central or will go to local charities to give to the homeless.
Other items of clothing which could not be made into blankets have been used to make unbranded dog coats which will also be given out to those homeless people with four legged friends. Some branded dog coats with the Virgin Trains logo will be given to staff in return for a donation - with the profits going to charity. The remainder of the clothes – which are more than six years old – will be donated to charity or later recycled.