A Torfaen-based industrial supplies business is giving rookie tradesmen a foot up and helping a Gwent charity to boot.

County Industrial Supplies has donated a large collection of clothing including shirts, trousers, jackets and safety boots to St David’s Hospice Care for it to sell to raise funds.

The Pontnewydd-based business says the £500 worth of work wear could be useful to people starting out in a trade and also in helping raise money for the charity.

Lisa Pugh, of County Industrial Supplies Ltd, who runs the family-owned business with her brother James, said: “The type of clothes we are donating are mainly work clothes and boots with a few other goodies as well that we hope will help people in to work as safety clothes and boots can be so expensive. We’re hoping sale of the clothing will raise a tidy sum for St David’s Hospice Care.”

Lisa, who with James have supported St David’s Hospice Care in the past and plan to do so again the in the future, said “County Industrial Supplies Ltd was established in 1981 by our father John Pugh. In the last year Dad has taken a step down and handed the reigns over to myself and my brother James.

“To say it has been challenging is an understatement as we are constantly learning on the job. It was very important to myself and James that we keep this family business striving as we also have families ourselves and would love to keep this in the family as long as we possibly can.

“With a fresh pair of eyes we came across a lot of ‘old & new’ stock which had just been gathering in the shop. We wanted to give something back to the community so donated the goods to St David’s Hospice Care. We are very fortunate to be in the position we are today thanks to Dad but we are well aware that others are not that lucky.”

Franca Nigro, of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “We were delighted to have been approached by Lisa and James with this brilliant offer of the donation of the high quality work wear for us to sell. We’ll put the clothing up for sale on our ebay site and raise money for the charity in that way. We now look forward to working with Lisa and James again in the future.”