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prisonhospicebagsPrisoners at HMP Isle of Wight have been putting their time to good use making recycled, branded bags for Earl Mountbatten Hospice shops.

The bags, which are made from recycled old papers come complete with fabric handle and branded sticker and will replace the old plastic bags which the hospice had previously had to rely on being donated to the store.  Over 5,000 bags have been supplied to the hospice to date, with more being promised in the months to come.

At the same time, the work contributes to the prison’s target for increasing its overall recycling rate and reducing its carbon footprint.

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Theresa Orford, Operational Governor and Head of Reducing Reoffending said:

“We recognise that as a local organisation we have a role to play in supporting the local community and were pleased to be able to help a much loved Island charity in this way.  The fact that this initiative has also enabled us to meet our challenging recycling targets is also an added bonus.”

Hospice area manager Pete Tarrant said:

“We’re very grateful for this contribution to our stores.  We’ve had a number of customers remark about how striking the bags are and how fitting they are to complete the ‘recycling ethos’ we promote in our stores.  What’s more they give Earl Mountbatten Hospice the additional profile and awareness when people are carrying the bags out and about around the Island.”

Photographed: Pete Tarrant with Prison Instructor Susan Corbett

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