Salvation Army hand over £10m of charity dosh to recycling specialists
The charity shop clothes business has never been bigger than it is now, and there’s no doubt that it is a business. Some of us give away more unwanted clothes to charity now that we’re conscious of recycling, while those of us who are a bit skint are finding it a good idea to buy from charity shops.
Plus, it’s good to know that loads of money is being raised for good causes as well. Or is it? Not according to a report from The Grauniad – they say that the company that runs the Salvation Army’s textile recycling banks has creamed off £10 million in the past in the past three years, with the company owner living in a £1 million mansion, owning a racehorse and possibly enjoying a round-the-clock diet of quail eggs and Baileys.
Nigel Hanger is that man, and while the Salvation Army have made £16.3 million in that same period, Hanger has become a very, very rich man, masterminding the sale of donated clothes to shops across Eastern Europe, and being handsomely rewarded into the bargain.
Sales of recycled clothes are big business behind what used to be the iron curtain, with shoppers able to pick up good-quality clobber at a fraction of the price of their brand new equivalent.
The Salvation Army have defended the earnings of Hanger’s Kettering Textiles company, describing the huge sum as ‘administrative costs’. Meanwhile, the Charity Commission have launched a review of the whole, slightly shady situation.