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GS Yuasa powers homeless group’s charitable work with battery donation


GS Yuasa has donated two of its Yuasa YBX5625 Super Heavy Duty (SHD) batteries to the South Wales homeless group, Helping Open People’s Eyes (H.O.P.E). The batteries will be used to power a bus which provides shelter for homeless people in and around Newport.

Led by Ian Smith and his wife Tammy, H.O.P.E aims to help rough sleepers in the Newport area by offering them somewhere safe to stay. The team consists exclusively of volunteers and relied on donations from their local community to repurpose a former London bus. With 12 beds, showering facilities and a fully kitted-out kitchen, the bus offers temporary refuge as well as space to socialise.

Ian and Tammy, along with other representatives from the group, visited GS Yuasa’s factory in Ebbw Vale earlier this month. GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd technical services manager for automotive and motorcycle products, Peter Whittaker, was on hand to offer advice and to help fit the two SHD commercial vehicle batteries.

The battery manufacturer also donated one of its Yuasa smart chargers to maintain the batteries industry-leading performance. This reduces the need for reconditioning via the bus’s alternator-driven charging system – allowing the bus to remain in the places it’s needed most.

Ian, founder of the group, said: “GS Yuasa have been established in the area for years and we approached them in the hope they might be able to help – to say we are overwhelmed by their support would be an understatement! Their donation will allow us to continue to provide somewhere safe to stay for those who need it most.”

The Yuasa YBX5625 SHD is specifically designed for use in heavy duty applications such as commercial vehicles. Its low self-discharge rate and maintenance free design make it the perfect solution for H.O.P.E. It’s part of the four-tiered Yuasa YBX SHD range which provides one of the most comprehensive and highest specification offers on the market.

Peter Whittaker added: “We’re delighted to be able to support H.O.P.E – it’s such a worthwhile cause and one we’re proud to get on board with. Yuasa batteries have long been the go-to choice in unique and super heavy duty applications making the them perfect choice to power H.O.P.E’s incredible work.”

Since establishing a production facility in Ebbw Vale, GS Yuasa have produced over 80 million batteries at the Welsh facility, employing close to 400 skilled workers.