Send your sleeping bags to Syria and Turkey

Outdoor gear brand Alpkit is working with Sheltersuit to send warmth to Syria and Turkey. Find out how you can donate your used sleeping bags so they can be upcycled into vital protection for the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Alpkit is currently collecting donations of sleeping bags to send to Sheltersuit – a foundation that provides sleeping bags and waterproof, warm jackets to those experiencing homelessness – to help protect those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

It’s part of the outdoor gear brand’s Continuum Project, which gets your used gear – in good, useable condition – to those who need it most. Sending kit to their network of charitable partners, the Continuum Project guarantees that nothing donated goes to landfill.

“With temperatures now dropping below freezing, and the scale of the recent earthquakes affecting Syria and Turkey becoming more and more understood, there is an urgent need to provide sleeping bags. This disaster will affect people for the weeks and months ahead and every sleeping bag could be a lifesaver,” said David Hanney, Chief Executive of Alpkit. 

“Sheltersuit UK urgently needs sleeping bags to enhance the insulation properties of our weatherproof Shelterbags, soon heading for Turkey,” explained Ian Sutherland McCook, MD at Sheltersuit. 

Getting warmth to people who need it most

Working together, Alpkit and Sheltersuit will make sure they’ll get in the hands of those who need them. Alpkit volunteers will sort through the kit and send essential, priority items straight away. You can drop them off at your Alpkit local store or return them to Alpkit HQ for free (address below). Just make sure you fill in the Continuum Project Donation Form first.

Take your used sleeping bags to any Alpkit store or return them to Alpkit HQ for free at Alpkit Global HQ, Units 12-14 Oak House, Moorgreen Industrial Park, Engine Lane, Newthorpe, Nottingham NG16 3QU. Read more gear news and reviews.

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Jo is the Gear Editor for Outdoor Swimmer and also writes news and features for the website. A keen open water swimmer and long-distance walker, she loves seeking out lakes and lidos close to her home in the Mendip Hills, Somerset. She is the author of The Slow Traveller, editor and founder of independent magazine, Ernest, and has previously tested outdoor clothing and kit for BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC Focus and Ernest Journal.