It's Great Out There


How does it work?


Collect your used outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment, and bring them into selected climbing centres in and around London between 26th November 2018 and 21st January 2019. They can be from any brand, but need to be in usable condition.


Drop your items in the collection unit and earn a £15 reward towards your next purchase at The North Face®. Ask a member of staff for a coupon when you deposit your outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment. With every piece of clothing, footwear and equipment collected, you’ll be helping to inspire and enable the next generation to get outdoors. All items will go to community organisations, youth groups, or charities working with young people in the outdoors.


The Gear That Keeps Giving is The North Face®’s initiative to support organisations, youth groups and charities working in the outdoors. The outdoor gear you donate makes a real difference to local community organisations, youth groups and charities, enabling more people to become explorers and stewards of the environment by helping them discover nature’s playground.

See a list of participating climbing centres below.



Based on the River Lea in Hackney, Leaside delivers inspiring and engaging outdoor activities to young people. Located in an area of London within the UK’s top 10% deprivation bracket. With 29% of young people in the area not in employment, education or training (NEET), Leaside offers hope to young people, encouraging them to stay in education, develop their confidence, leadership skills and ambition.

The charity provide a variety of activities within an educational framework, including canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and expeditions for 12,000 young people each year. They work with 39 schools and youth groups in the local area, 8 of which are for children with Special Needs. Additional work includes Pupil Referral Units, providing activities for children who have been excluded from the main schools system.


London Youth’s vision is that all young Londoners grow up healthy, able to express themselves, navigate a fulfilling career and make a positive contribution in their communities. For over 130 years, London Youth has supported a network of community youth organisations, currently numbering over 400. The charity creates opportunities for tens of thousands of young people every year, focusing particularly on those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the kind of opportunities we offer. Last year London Youth worked with over 27,000 young people through sports development, employability, youth action and the arts, as well as delivering outdoor education and residential experiences at their two centres based just outside London.


HOAC is a lively water sports and activity centre providing access, training and outdoor experiences for both Individuals and Groups. Their 45-acre lake is situated in an idyllic rural setting in West London. Sailing started in 1950 and the centre has since become a registered Youth Educational charity in 1992 (The Colne Valley Youth & Community Association) and is run in partnership with the London Borough of Hillingdon. Accredited by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority), the RYA (Royal Yachting Association), and BR (British Rowing); an extensive range of activities are available for individuals, groups, schools, youth organisations, cadets and corporate events.


YES Outdoors is a registered charity that runs a mentoring scheme for the benefit of young people who live in the boroughs of Islington, Haringey, Hackney and Camden, operating from The Castle Climbing Wall. Founded after the 2011 London riots, some young people from north London were growing up with the real risk of being involved in criminality and joining a gang. Identifying that no mentoring scheme was operating in the area due to funding cuts, YES Outdoors created their own. Their founder is a qualified mountaineering instructor, so he chose to offer outdoor experiences. The scheme grew over the year to include bike maintenance sessions and free GCSE/Key Stage 3 tutoring. The charity has continued to grow and is recruiting and training volunteers to mentor young people. With training, these mentors have the opportunity to make a great difference to these young people.


Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre provides water-sports and adventurous activities for all ages at affordable cost. The Youth Project is an important part of the charity’s work introducing, developing and fostering the potential in young people through ten different outdoor sports both on and off site. The charity offers an exciting, unique, safe, fun, beautiful and challenging environment close to built-up and crowded residential areas of deprivation. Over the past 42 years we have worked with on average 1,400 users a month with the Youth Project attracting 3,000 visits a year working with 300 individuals attending on a long-term basis through training, Duke of Edinburgh Award, leadership and pathways to employment.


Prior's Court Foundation is a registered non-profit making charity managing a specialist residential school, young adult provision and a training and development centre, supporting and improving life chances for young people aged 5-25 who are severely affected by autism. Set on a beautiful 50 acre site in West Berkshire, we have extensive facilities adapted to support the complex needs of young people with severe autism.


The Scouts encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, helping over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. This includes teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians; helping young people develop and improve key life skills. They believe in bringing people together, celebrating diversity and standing against intolerance, always. Part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.


This voucher is valid until 31st March 2019 only at participating The North Face retail stores. Please find the full list of participating The North Face stores above. Must be 18 or older to participate.


Customers can redeem this voucher against single transaction purchases of £100 or more to receive £15 savings off the purchase total. It’s our way of saying ‘Thank you’ for the gear that keeps on giving. Original voucher (not a copy) must be tendered at time of purchase. One-time use only. Not valid with any other offer, promotion, or on prior purchases or rain checks. Void if transferred, reproduced, altered or sold. Not replaced if damaged, lost, stolen or otherwise irregular. Not redeemable for cash. The North Face reserves the right to change, without notice, the Terms and Conditions or modify the programme at any time. Use of the voucher signifies agreement to these terms. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted.

You drop your well-worn gear into your local donation bin*. We collect, sort it and weigh it. We then match your donations gram for gram with unissued/new The North Face gear. Together, we will gift the gear that keeps on giving this Christmas.

*click here to find your nearest participating climbing gym


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