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Coco's Changing Lives | New Leaf Support | Surfing Charity
Coco's Foundation | Stourport School | Football Team Sponsorship
"Mumpreneur" Finalist | Faster, Smoother Payment | Mumsclub Awards
Green Apple Awards | Phil the Bag Week | Air Ambulance Shop
Swale Business Awards | Kent Air Ambulance

Coco's Foundation Update!

Here's an update we received from Chris at the Coco's Foundation. Their work is truly inspiring!"


Coco's Foundation - Changing Lives Everyday

Coco's Foundation Food For AfricaChris at Coco’s just got back from a trip to Africa were he and his team built a house for a 10 year old boy and his 5 brothers and sisters. This little chap was the youngest child they have built a house for…

Their 'Phil' the Bag clothing collections paid for the bunk-beds. He slept in the tent for 18 months and now has a house to sleep in.

Chris said… "Thanks again for what you do, the smiles on the children's faces when they see their bed is priceless."

In addition to this, a massive thank you to one of our schools, Crawley Green Primary School, who paid for the 'JoJo' water tank. And what a difference this will make to the childrens’ lives…!

If your school would like to find out more about how they can get involved with helping the Coco’s Foundation, just give us a call!
You’ll never look back…!

Supporting New Leaf Support

We are proud to be supporting a local charity, New Leaf Support, via our Phil the Bag collections.

Look out for a textile bank in support of the charity coming soon at Sainsburys in Sittingbourne!!

New Leaf Support is a new charity set up to support Domestic Abuse victims within the local community. The charity has been set up to provide a ‘Safe House’ and to offer support to victims and their children fleeing Domestic Abuse. The victims are often referred to them in an emergency situation and arrive with very few clothes and belongings. The charity gives them a safe environment to live in, and offers support to help them make the right decisions regarding their future.

Please help us to raise funds to support the charity.

New Leaf Support Logo

We are always open to enquiries from charities
regarding raising funds through textile recycling.

Caitlin's Working Hard to Help Surfing Charity

Caitlin working hard for surfing charityA kind hearted girl is turning unwanted material into cash for the Cornish surf charity that helped her brother.

Eight-year-old Caitlin Hine-Randle, from Par, is set on raising more than £500 for the Wave Project Surf Club so disadvantaged young people can continue surfing.

She is collecting bags of unwanted materials such as clothing, bedding and curtains, which she can trade in for cash with a textile recycling company called Phil The Bag. They will pay 40p per kilo of material, which Caitlin then donates to the charity.

Caitlin's brother benefited from a free six-week surfing course organised by the Wave Project, a charity to help rebuild the confidence and self-esteem of young people who are facing exceptional challenges in their lives.

The Wave Project Surf Club has been set up so the youngsters can have further access to the sport once the free lessons have finished and continue to practise the skills they have learnt.

Caitlin became involved in the club by nominating herself to become a committee officer and taking on a fundraising role.

"We really value fundraisers such as Caitlin and it's fantastic to see young fundraisers offering support," said Wave Project co-ordinator Joe Taylor.

"Unlike the rest of the charity the club's totally self-sufficient and relies on donations to keep it going."

Coco's Foundation and Phil The Bag

The CoCo's Foundation has been working in partnership with 'Phil the Bag' for the last eighteen months and what an eighteen months it’s been. Phil the bag has put us in contact with many schools that have helped the CoCo's Foundation to support many children in South Africa.

Without this partnership the CoCo's Foundation would not have achieved raising the £4,793.59 which has helped us to send 97 children to school by buying their school uniforms and has bought 18 beds for child headed families. 

One of these schools 'Goodnestone' has raised £2000.00 to set up an after school club to help orphans come to terms with the loss of their parents through doing memory boxes and crafts as well as giving them a meal. Three schools 'Pound Hill Infants, Maidenbower infants and The Brook have even joined together to raise £6,000 to set up another After School Workshop and Build a house, through our Build4TheFuture project. 

Thanks to the 'Phil the Bag Team’ many children have smiles on their faces. I always say that I'm the lucky one....! I get to see the happy smiles on the children's faces that the children in the UK raise money for through 'Phil the Bag' in South Africa.

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Stourport School Recycling Project

Burlish Park Primary SchoolGREEN was the colour of the day at a Stourport school as they had bags of fun celebrating their work on sustainablility and environmental issues.

Youngsters at Burlish Park Primary School dressed in the colour and signed up to fund-raising and recycling project Phil the Bag. They recycled 620kg of clothes and textiles, helping to tackle textile waste and raised £310 for the school.

Lynda Williams, eco school co-ordinator, said: "Our pupils had a great day learning about sustainablilty and how this links to eco schools."

The day started with an assembly where we all came together and sang our recycling song and each year group looked at different issues relating to sustainability. The day finished with a green gang gardening afternoon activity, which was part of the Royal Horticultural Society campaign to get grown-ups growing in school.

"A great GREEN day was had by all."

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Local Football Team Sponsorship

'Phil The Bag' would like to announce that they are now the proud sponsors of Milton & Fulston United U11's football Team.

We wish the team all the best in the coming season!

Milton and Fulston United under elevens football team

Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals
of National Business Awards

Mumpreneur FinalistLocal mum, Helena Sait, has earned herself a place in the final line-up of The National Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the busy task of juggling business with family life. The mother of 2 from Sittingbourne, runs ‘Phil’ the Bag, an Eco-Fundraising & Recycling Service aimed at schools, clubs, nurseries, churches, community groups and basically anyone who wants to raise funds!

Helena has been shortlisted for the Best Green Business Award, which is open to businesses who provide eco-friendly or ethical products and services in the UK. Having launched ‘Phil’ the Bag locally just 4 years ago and now making textile collections nationwide, Helena hopes she has what it takes to walk away with the prize.

Having reached the finals of The Mumpreneur Awards, Helena said “I am delighted that ‘Phil’ the Bag has been recognised for the Team’s achievements in helping organisations raise money for their causes whilst diverting thousands of tonnes of textiles from landfill at the same time and I'm really excited to find out if we’ve won the award!”

Judging Helena’s entry will be a panel of top entrepreneurs including Glamour Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Jo Elvin, but she'll have to wait until 30th September, when the winners will be announced at The Mumpreneur Conference, being held at the Heart of England Conference Centre in Warwickshire.

Faster, Smoother Method of Payment

As of 13th August 2012 ‘Phil’ the Bag will be able to issue payment for clothing collections by BACS transfer, enabling recyclers to receive their monies much faster than ever before.

‘Phil’ the Bag also announced that this summer break has seen a record number of schools and clubs booking their collections in for the new school year. Their partnership with Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco-Schools Programme along with their new Programme of Practical Classroom Activities have spurred bookings at Eco-Schools who are working towards their awards and the availability of their free interactive assemblies will further drive ‘Phil’ the Bag bookings.

"‘Phil’ the Bag is experiencing unprecedented success this year," said Jonathan Sait, Manager of ‘Phil’ the Bag at LW SAIT & Sons. "The number of bookings we have had this year has already surpassed how many we have had during the last two years. And now, with the introduction of our new, faster and smoother payment method, we expect more customers to make the move to ‘Phil’ the Bag."

Record payouts for collections
Many customers have already benefited from record payouts this year. Park Mead Primary School, an Eco-School in Surrey, collected just under a tonne of textiles earlier this year and raised almost £500 for their school. Whilst St Mary’s Church at Easebourne recently got the whole community involved with collecting textiles and raised a whopping £860! And they are planning to do this several times each year.

‘Phil’ the Bag availability
‘Phil’ the Bag collections are now available across most of England as well as much of Wales. Most collections can be made on, or very close to the day of your choice, so can fit in with your special events, recycling weeks, etc.

Mumsclub 2011 Business Awards Finalists!

Mums Club Awards 2011We are very excited here at ‘Phil’ the Bag HQ to have reached the TOP 4 FINALISTS for the INNOVATOR AWARD in the 4th Annual Business Mum Awards at Mumsclub, the Mumpreneurs Business Club! 
Here’s the link for the 2011 Business Mum Award Winners where you can see a quick flash of a photo of me, albeit above the wrong name! (opposite side)

So nice to have all our hard work recognized!

This was an extra special surprise, as it came just one week after receiving a Silver Website Award from Mumpreneur UK for our fabulous new website!

One really proud ‘Phil’...

Phil’ the Bag wins GOLD
at Green Apple Environment Awards

Green Apple Award Winner'Phil' the Bag has won a top environmental award at the National Green Apple Awards 2011 in London.

Trophies were presented by the Green Organisation at the 18th annual international awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Monday November 14th.

The ceremony was hosted by The Rt Hon Liz Kendall, MP, and the presentations were made by Chris Hopkins of Ploughcraft Solar; who has revolutionized the domestic solar power industry and gained recognition on Dragon’s Den this year.

The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment and we competed against more than 500 nominations this year.

As a result of this success we have been invited to have a paper published in the Green Book, the leading international work of reference on Environmental Best Practice, so that others around the world can follow our recycling example and learn from our experience.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, and communities.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice. Organiser Roger Wolens commented: “To show continued interest in environmental issues during the current financial climate shows great foresight and they deserve the recognition of being Green Apple Award winners.”

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Charted Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

'Phil' the Bag Week with The Kent Air Ambulance

Monday 13th - Friday 17th June 2011
The week commencing 13th June will see The Kent Air Ambulance hold their first textile recycling week. They will be asking the public to drop off unwanted clothing, sheets, towels, blankets, shoes, curtains etc to a textile bank in their local area or to the 'Phil' the Bag shop in Sittingbourne!

Kent Air Ambulance Shop

May 2011 saw the very exciting Grand Opening of our first ‘Phil’ the Bag shop, proudly supporting the Kent Air Ambulance.
The Kent Air Ambulance store in Station Street, Sittingbourne was officially declared open by Kent Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell and the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Swale Cllr Ben Stokes and Sylvia Bennett.

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Swale Business Awards 2010

Recognising local excellence and showing the best of Swale! The Swale Business Awards is now regarded as one of the area's most prestigious events. Each year the diversity and excellence of local business from Sittingbourne, to Sheppey and Faversham has made the awards an important notch in the events calendar and to become a finalist is quite an achievement.

The judges are looking not for company size, but initiative, entrepreneurial spirit, a green slant and community links.

"This year's finalists were really impressive, despite the challenges that they had faced. Overcoming those difficulties is a legitimate part of their business success and an inspiration to others."

The Launch of our New Fundraising Venture
in Partnership with the Kent Air Ambulance

Rags to Riches! - The launch of the Campaign, 21st April 2009
The Julie Rose stadium in Ashford was the chosen site for the Kent Air Ambulance to fly into for the launch of a new initiative to raise funds for the life saving helicopter.

We are partnering the charity with this textile recycling initiative which saw the Julie Rose stadium be the first location in the county to house one of our brand new Kent Air Ambulance clothing banks. We will be placing bins across the whole of the county and we will be donating the profits raised from the sale of donated textiles to the Air Ambulance.

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