First Swindon Sea Scouts has received a package of orange high visibility clothing, part of a project by Network Rail to donate over 1600 pieces of surplus kit to organisations such as scout groups, schools and railway heritage groups.
Robbie Burns, Network Rail’s Western Route Director, said, “This scheme will not only benefit the First Swindon Sea Scouts, but also other charities, and will avoid the needless waste of vital safety equipment.”
Rail workers across the West Country have been collecting their surplus kit, including high visibility vests, jackets, body warmers and coats that were no longer needed, as the company has gradually introduced its own branded equipment.
Bryan McGaw, Explorer Leader for First Swindon Sea Scouts, said, “It’s great that organisations such as Network Rail are able to put old kit to such good use. We have already used the donated jackets and vests as part of cycle training.”