Bridgedale Steps in to help Gateshead Charity WinG


Technical outdoor socks and accessories specialist, Bridgedale, has donated 500 pairs of its walking socks to a Gateshead charity, who provides a variety of educational programmes through outdoor activities for disadvantaged people of all ages and community groups in the area.

WinG (Wayout in Gateshead) offers a wide selection of outdoor learning opportunities, through outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, hillwalking and map reading, camping, mountain biking and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  Activities can last from half a day to several consecutive days, helping young people to grow and develop in the outdoors and for older groups to meet new people and stay active.

As part of the scheme, WinG also offers free outdoor equipment to ensure individuals are protected against the elements and stay safe under the guidance of its experienced instructors.  Having comfortable feet is essential during any outdoor activity and now, thanks to Bridgedale’s sock donation, participants can enjoy the benefits of warm, dry and comfortable feet.

Like WinG, Bridgedale understands the importance of getting people of all ages and abilities into the great outdoors and has been Duke of Edinburgh’s Award sock of choice for seven years running.  With more than 100 years of knitting expertise, Bridgedale’s unique Fusion Technology blends synthetic and natural fibres to ensure the highest level of performance.

Nick Coates, Senior Instructor at WinG, commented: “It is essential for our increasing number of members to be kitted out in the right outdoor equipment, ensuring they fully enjoy and appreciate their chosen outdoor activity.  Having comfortable feet is vital to each experience and Bridgedale’s renowned socks will guarantee performance over different terrains and in all weather conditions, for those who may have never experienced outdoor activities before.”

Carolyn Dunn, Sales and Marketing Manager at Bridgedale, commented: “It’s great to see organisations such as WinG encouraging more people to enjoy the great outdoors through activities such as hillwalking and climbing.  We really appreciate the great work the team does and it’s great to know our socks are guaranteeing participants have comfortable feet mile after mile.”


Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd is based in Newtownards near Belfast, Northern Ireland and has more than 100 years of heritage in knitting excellence.  Bridgedale is a global leader in manufacturing technical outdoor socks, hats and gloves for walking, hiking, mountaineering, trail running, skiing and leisure. With unique Fusion technologies at its core, Bridgedale will keep you warm, dry and comfortable mile after mile.