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Support Crisis this Christmas

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Cool Designs are supporting Crisis again this year as a drop off point for donations as well as making our own donation of winter clothing.

This year Crisis at Christmas Newcastle will welcome over 250 guests who are homeless, lonely or otherwise isolated to their Christmas Day and Boxing Day event.

Please help if you can by donating an item from the list below.  Most of their guests will be men, please keep this in mind if you are donating clothing, toiletries or gifts.  Left over items are donated to West End Food Bank, a local charitable organisation supporting people in food poverty.

A range of non-perishable products including suitable for diabetics, gluten free, vegan etc:
Crisps, nuts, dried fruit, tinned/cuppa soup, baked beans, tinned vegetables, tinned fish/ham/chicken, tins of fruit, plain pasta / pasta and sauce sachets, cereal, energy bars, healthy snacks, biscuits, chocolate, soft drinks, squash, hot chocolate powder, tea bags, instant coffee, black bin bags.

A range suitable for different skin types (sensitive, dry etc) but no aerosols or alcohol based products:
Roll on deodorant, bars of soap, flannels, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, face/hand wipes, sanitary products

Good quality pre-loved or new only:
Shoes, trainers, new socks/underwear, coats, fleeces, jumpers, tracksuit bottoms, trousers, leggings, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scarves

Christmas Gifts
Ideas include but are not limited to:
Wallets, purses, bum bags, hats, scarves, gloves, pans, plates, bowls, cups, cooking spoons, mini diaries, notebooks, pens, fleecy blankets, bath sets, thermos flasks, thermal mugs, disposable cutlery, plates, napkins, hand warmers, battery powered radios, chocolates (including for diabetics), tins of biscuits, batteries, watches, torches/wind up lighting, tin openers, back packs.

Drop off points
Including ourselves at Cool Designs, drop offs can be made at:

• Ashington
The Chiropractic Clinic -196 Milburn Road, Ashington, NE63 0PH

• South Shields
The Chiropractic Clinic – 8 Coronation Street, South Shields, NE33 1AZ

• Cool Desights Ltd
Unit 8 North Hylton Enterprise Park, Hepworth Rd, Sunderland, SR5 3JT

• Northumbria University
Northumbria Students’ Union, 2, Sandyford Road, Newcastle, NE1 8SB

• Capability’s
3-15 Heaton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1SA

• The Forum, Wallsend

• Grainger Market


Finally, if you are not able to get to one of these drop off points, please contact us on 0191 5496964 and we may be able to arrange to collect items bagged up from you.

The closing date for donations is Friday 16th December.

Crisis Christmas Event

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

Crisis Skylight, the award winning and accredited education, training and employment centres, offer practical and creative workshops in a supportive and inspiring environment together with formal learning opportunities that lead to qualifications and finding work.

This year, at Cool Designs Ltd we have again acted as a drop of point for people wanting to donate clothing and/or non-perishable goods.  We’ve had a fantastic response and would like to thank everyone for their contributions of all shapes and sizes.  We dropped the items in to Crisis Newcastle today.

Crisis NewcastleAlong with their other donations, they will be sorted and railed by staff and volunteers and then during the Crisis Christmas event they will be on display in a “shop” where members will be able to choose items of clothing.  Non perishable goods are then sorted in to small gift boxes and treated in the same manner and food stuffs are cooked and served during the event.

You can read more about their services at

Can you help us warm up Christmas?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

We are looking for support from business partners, friends and colleagues in the run up to Christmas.

This year we are supporting Crisis at Christmas in Newcastle who will welcome over 300 guests who are homeless, lonely or otherwise isolated to our Christmas Day and Boxing Day event.

Please help us in your shopping today by purchasing an extra item in store from the list below.  Once we receive all the donations our guests make up their own gift box (of approximately 10 items) to ensure everybody can get food / gifts appropriate to their needs and tastes.
*Left over items will be donated to a local charitable organisation supporting people in food poverty.

Donations can be made in person to our office at Cool Designs Ltd, Unit 8 North Hylton Enterprise Park, Hepworth Road, Sunderland SR5 3JT by the 15th December.  Or alternatively if you contact us on 0191 5496964 or we may be able to arrange a local collection.


A range of non-perishable products including suitable for diabetics, gluten free, vegan etc: 

  • Crisps and snacks
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Tinned / Cuppa soup
  • Baked Beans
  • Tinned vegetables / Powdered potato
  • Tinned fish / ham / chicken
  • Tins of fruit
  • Pasta
  • Cereal / Energy bars
  • Healthy snacks
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate / Boxes of chocolates
  • Soft drinks / Squash (plastic bottles / cartons)
  • Hot chocolate powder
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Black bin-bags


Clothing: men’s and women’s

Good quality pre-loved or new only

  • Shoes / Trainers
  • New socks & Underwear
  • Coats / Fleeces
  • Jumpers
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Trousers / Leggings
  • T-Shirts / Sweatshirts
  • Hats / Gloves / Scarves


A range suitable for different skin types (sensitive / dry etc.) but no aerosols or alcohol based products:

  • Roll on deodorant
  • Bars of soap
  • Flannels
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Face wash
  • Face / Hand wipes


Christmas gifts

Ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Wallets / Purses
  • Hats / Scarves / Gloves
  • Pans / plates, bowls and cups
  • Cooking spoons
  • Stationary: mini diaries / notebooks / pens
  • Fleecy blankets
  • Bath gift sets
  • Thermos flask
  • Battery powered radios
  • Chocolates (including for diabetics)
  • Tins of Biscuits
  • Batteries
  • Watches
  • Torches
  • Backpacks


You can support Crisis year round, please visit or email

See top for details on CDL and how to make a donation

Being on the ball with Cahonas

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Cahonas Scotland is Scotland’s Male Cancer Awareness Charity committed to raising awareness of Male Cancers (Testicular Cancer, Prostate Cancer & Male Breast Cancer).  They exist to educate Scotland in matters relating to male cancers, reducing discrimination and stigma from the cancer experience & the aim to bring real positive change in Male Cancer Awareness

Cahonas Scotland

Cool Designs Ltd have supported Cahonas Scotland since its inception and the relevance of it in what is the largely male dominated industry we are in.  It was therefore extremely pleasing to receive this message from them:

“I just wanted to send you this message that has been sent to the Cahonas Scotland Facebook page from someone recently diagnosed with Testicular Cancer (attached). 

Thank you for your support and everything you have done to help  – you and all our other supporters help has made this early diagnosis happen.  The awareness raised with the help from your sponsorship and donations has enabled us continue to do the work we can to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Testicular Cancer, the importance of Self Checks and ultimately the early detection for this young man.

Early detection is key in the battle against this horrible disease and with your support you have helped this young man.

From all at Cahonas Scotland.  Thank you so, so much.”

The message from the person read as follows :

“I’m 30 years old and was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February this year.  I just want to say thanks to Cahonas and the message they shout about self checks.

I, thanks to the information given, from Cahonas Scotland had the knowledge and technique to check my balls properly and detected my cancer early.

If you have just happened upon this page or you have came because you are scared there might be something wrong, then use the power of knowledge that Cahonas Scotland can give and get yourself to the doctors as soon as possible.

I had my orchindectomy and now only need two cycles of chemo because early detection is crucial.

Thank you Cahonas Scotland for spreading this word as loud as you can.

From me and my family”

Fabulous stuff and you can imagine how pleasing it is to reach such a message and know that the support everyone gives goes a very long way indeed.

You can learn more about the Cahonas Scotland charity here :

A small gesture

Friday, December 12th, 2014

This year Cool Designs are donating a small number of toys to two very important local charities.  Living Waters & South Tyneside Women’s Aid.  Both of these places have a number of children who more than deserve a little extra this Christmas. What we are doing isn’t much, in fact as we have spoke to each, we wish we could do a whole lot more.  But we would like to send our warmest thanks to the Ethical Superstore  who have been helpful and generous in our first year of doing this, allowing us to reach more children than we originally estimated.

We’ll be delivering these gifts to the children over the next couple of weeks but for now we need to get wrapping!

Winter Clothing Away!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

It’s been a busy time over the last few weeks and during this time we’ve been a collection point for the Winter Coat Amnesty.  As we’ve felt the bitter cold of late it’s made many of us think of those in the unfortunate circumstance where they need the vital donations such as these to help them through the winter.  We really would like to thank everyone who has dropped in even a single item as every one of  these will be distributed by the people at Crisis.


Winter Coat Amnesty – CDL Donation Station

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Cool Designs

The Winter Coat Amnesty was born in November 2011. Every year and in the run up to Christmas via Facebook, Twitter, our website and the local media, volunteers invite local people to donate their unwanted items of winter clothing to the  region’s homeless, isolated and vulnerably housed.

In the years since, the campaign has grown to include the help and cooperation of dozens of local businesses which, along with the unprecedented generosity of the general public, has transformed the humble idea into an important annual event.

Now organised by two of the five founding members and longtime Crisis Christmas volunteers Andy Brown and Claire Paczko, the appeal has now garnered many thousands of unwanted winter clothing since its inception, and every year dozens of businesses and organisations from across the North East act as donation stations.

This year, 2014, Cool Designs Ltd has become of one of the donation stations for your unwanted winter clothing.  These can be dropped in to our Sunderland office by the 7th December and we will ensure they are sent across in good time for distribution.

You can read more at Winter Coat Amnesty.

CDL Take a Dive!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Sales may be rising but events took a distinct dive at our Sunderland Office recently.

In our continued charity fund-raising efforts, MD Darrel Birkett and Regional Sales Manager Chris Oldroyd undertook a tandem skydive and raised £855 for The Newcastle Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund, which provides specialised equipment to children with disabilities in the North East of England.

Commenting on the dive Darrel, pictured bottom with a trainer from the Peterlee Parachute Centre explained, “We flew up to around 12,000ft, jumped out and accelerated to 120mph.  Straight down!  It was exhilarating! the first 6,000ft which is over in just under a minute was breathtaking and would certainly recommended it!  The next six thousand feet under canopy is more relaxing as you chat and come gently back down to earth.

Steve Harper Charity Match

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Steve Harper had been at Newcastle United well over 10 years and in fact was 20 years and for his “testimonial” had created the Steve Harper Charity match.

The match at St James’s Park was staged to celebrate his career.

The teams included Newcastle legends Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and David Ginola and AC Milan old-timers Paolo Maldini, Christian Vieri , Franco Baresi and Paolo Di Canio.

The match attracted over 50,000 with Milan winning on penalties. The trophy was sponsored by Cool Designs and presented by Darrel Birkett of Cool Designs Ltd and David Dunn of Toshiba Air Conditioning.

The amount raised by Steve Harper was  £327,000 with the monies being donated to the Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and through them the Alan Shearer Foundation, the Toma Fund, and the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation.

CDL Donate Signed Shirt

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Following from the success of the Steve Harper Charity game in which we sponsored the trophy on the day, we were presented with a signed Newcastle United shirt from the NUFC Foundation.  After some thought we felt this shirt could go to further use continuing the work done by those benefiting from the charity game as we have decided to donate the shirt.

Karate Club, Shikkari Karate Kai (see ) are raising funds for the Fraja Ellie appeal (see ).  We presented the club with the shirt who in turn are auctioning the shirt to raise funds for the appeal.

Fraja is 5 years old, an amazingly happy, funny and very loving little girl. She has been diagnosed with a very aggressive and rare cancer called Neuroblastoma with MYCN amplification which places her in the very high risk category. Fraja’s Neuroblastoma is even rarer than the usual form as there are only 3% of children with her type. Even with the multi-modality therapy that she is currently receiving, there is a relatively high chance that her cancer could relapse, should this happen there is generally a very poor long-term prognosis.
Sadly, around 80% of children with Neuroblastoma will relapse, and there is currently no UK relapse protocol. However, there are options available abroad; these treatments could cost in excess of £500,000.  They need to be able to send Fraja at a moment’s notice should this happen.

Currently in the UK all children are on a blind trial to whether they receive immunotherapy with an antibody on its own or with an extra drug to increase chances. If Fraja is not picked by the random computer she does not get this extra chance. So we will need to go abroad for it as it has been proven it could raise her chances by 20%. Everyone is working to raise funds to give her this treatment.