Give your old kit a new lease of life.
At Rohan, we believe that old kit should be repurposed and given a new life. The idea of extending the life of outdoor kit that’s no longer needed, by donating it to those with a need for good quality kit became obvious.
We set up our Gift Your Gear Initiative in 2012 and have since helped countless charities and organisations to provide outdoor clothing to those less fortunate. By encouraging you to donate your pre-loved gear, we can extend a helping hand to communities that need it.
We know that not having access to the right kit can be a barrier to getting outside and experiencing the mental and physical benefits that come along with participating in activities out in the open air. Our Gift Your Gear Initiative makes getting outdoors more accessible and prolongs the life of your outdoor clothing in the process.
But it’s not just about the gear. The heart of this initiative lives in its ability to connect communities and bridge the gap between outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life. Your donated gear finds its way into the hands of charitable organisations and groups, striving to bring the joy of the outdoors to those who might otherwise miss out. By donating your gear with us, you’re directly impacting lives and enabling unforgettable experiences.
Our Gift Your Gear Initiative will be back in March 2024
As you consider the next chapter for your well-worn gear, remember the stories it holds and the stories it can create for others. Gift Your Gear is more than an initiative – it's an embodiment of the spirit of sharing, redefining the way we engage with our gear and our global community. We will be accepting donations from 1st March 2024.
Making a difference couldn’t be easier
Rather than relegating your outdoor gear to the dark corners of your storage space, Gift Your Gear encourages you to consider the power of donating. By contributing to Gift Your Gear, you’re contributing to a cycle of sustainability that helps to stop unnecessary waste. We’ll also give you an exclusive discount on Rohan clothing when you drop off a donation in store, so that you can refresh your wardrobe.
Your donations help to ensure that individuals who may have never had the opportunity before, get to have enjoyable experiences in the outdoors.
How to donate
To find out when we are next collecting donations, we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list by clicking here. You can stay updated on our Gift Your Gear Initiative through our social media channels.
What to donate
If you have any outdoor kit that is clean and useable, then we’d love to take it off your hands and pass it over to our beneficiaries. We accept donations from any brand and in any style. Our most requested items are things like warm jackets, walking shoes and waterproofs, but we will also happily accept fleeces, walking trousers, base layers, children’s walking kit, winter accessories, and rucksacks. All of these items are really useful and make a huge difference to our beneficiaries.
Unfortunately, we can’t accept any outdoor equipment such as camping
gear, climbing gear, and other sport specific equipment. We also can’t accept things like underwear or sleeping bags, and anything that is unclean or in need of repair.
Our 2023 Beneficiaries
Previous beneficiaries include: Harrow Carers, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Plymouth Soup Run, The Conservations Volunteers, Green Guardians, Green Light Trust, Northbourne Youth Initiative, Walk Talk Action, Let’s Grow Preston, Help a Squaddie, Walking for Wellbeing, Blackpool Carers Centre.
With your help in 2023, not only were countless young people able to get out and experience the great outdoors without barriers, but an untold number of underprivileged people were provided with warm clothes, backpacks, and shoes.
We sent out an impressive 1,282 boxes packed full of clothing. To put that into perspective that’s;
- Taller than 2 of the Empire State Building,
- Almost as tall as Snowdon,
- Stacked up, you’d need 8 of the Big Ben to reach the same height
Have a read of the below Explore articles where we take a look at how our Gift Your Gear initiative has helped these great beneficiaries:
The Past Year of Gift Your Gear
By opting to donate outdoor clothing you’re providing that extra bit of support to organisations in ensuring their participants can enjoy safe, valuable outdoor experiences. We look at how our beneficaries have put your preloved kit to use over the past year.
"Keeping warm and dry in the winter is hard so having waterproof trousers, jackets, good boots, and rucksacks has really made a difference."
Read the full article 'The Past Year of Gift Your Gear' here.
Venture Scotland recognises the many benefits that being outdoors can have on our mental health and wellbeing, and they implement this into the support they offer. They run a long-term, outdoor based personal development programme for individuals aged 16-30, who may be struggling to cope with mental health issues, past traumas, or homelessness.
"With your help, we've now got kit that young people can keep long after their time with Venture Scotland ends; supporting the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts for every journey!"
Read the full article 'A Fresh Perspective on Life' here.
Essex Boys and Girls Clubs
Essex Boys and Girls Clubs work with young people aged 11-25, that come from the most deprived parts of Essex and East London. Staff and volunteers work to enable young people to reach their full potential, whilst furthering their development and education in the process. They aim to meet this goal by providing a range of activities, adventures, and challenges in the great outdoors, to help prove what they’re capable of.
"We have received over the years all manner of clothing which has really been beneficial. Boots, rucksacks, every item of clothing that you can imagine."
Read the full article 'A Growing Network of Like-Minded Organisations' here.
What can I donate?
We accept clean, useable outdoor kit that does not require repair, from any outdoor clothing brand. This includes garments such as: waterproofs, warm jackets, fleeces, walking trousers, technical base layers, winter accessories (hats, gloves, and scarves), and outdoor children’s kit. We also accept useable backpacks, walking boots and wellies.
Is anything excluded?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations of outdoor equipment e.g., gear used for camping, climbing, snow sports, or water sports etc. We also cannot accept any underwear, sleeping bags, or any clothing that is unclean and/or in need or repair.
How will my donations be used?
Donations are sorted through in our warehouse and sent over to our beneficiaries. Our beneficiaries will then distribute the kit to their participants and staff as they see fit. These donations help them to continue offering their services and running outdoor activities while properly kitted out.
What charities will benefit from this year’s donations?
Charities supporting those experiencing homelessness:
These organisations work to transform lives by supporting homeless and vulnerable people. Working to fight hunger and loneliness, assisting people as they find ways out of homelessness.
Providing support, companionship, and advice to help older people love later life.
These organisations protect, support, and nurture children and young people. Working to help young people to realise their potential, using a mix of outdoor activities and adventures and 1:1 support to empower vulnerable individuals, improving mental health and emotions.
A mix of organisations which gather donated outdoor clothing and pass it onto low-income individuals and organise outdoor activities and trips for their students to face challenges, work as teams, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Register as a Beneficiary
At this time, our waiting list has reached its maximum capacity, and we are no longer able to accept new applicants. Our availability is limited, and we cannot predict the quantity of donations that we’ll receive per campaign. This means that we cannot guarantee when we’ll have enough donations to be able to support more organisations.
We understand your desire to be part of the initiative, and that you have a need for gear. We’re grateful for all the interest we receive, and all that you do to offer valuable outdoor experiences to your community.
What are the benefits?
Becoming a Gift Your Gear beneficiary doesn’t just mean receiving boxes of useable outdoor kit from Rohan. We want to build a lasting partnership with you, promoting your organisation to our customers and supporting you, and your participants in enjoying the outdoors in the right kit.
What happens after I register?
When you register your interest in becoming a beneficiary, you enter an approval process and a member of our Gift Your Gear Team will contact you within 3 business days.
If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our Gift Your Gear Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
I need help with the beneficiary request form.
When filling in the beneficiary donations request form, the quantity is the number of boxes that you wish to receive for that category.
Each box is filled with as much kit as possible, and the number of clothing items in each box will vary depending on what kit is inside. E.g., we can fit more legwear, or base layers in a box, that we can waterproofs, footwear and bags. This is down to the bulk of the items, and how much we can squeeze in.
Still have a query regarding Gift Your Gear? Get in touch with our team at email@example.com
Terms & Conditions: The Gift Your Gear 15% off offer is only valid against a full-price purchase once you have made a qualifying donation to our Gift Your Gear initiative in store. The discount is valid against a single transaction from 01/03/2024 – 01/04/2024, it is not based on the number of items donated. The discount cannot be used against a previous purchase, to buy gift cards or in conjunction with any other offers.