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Fred Finn

Universal Textiles Donates to the YMCA!

FredFinnYMCA MattWith the help of Fred Finn, the World’s Most Travelled Man, Universal Textiles spread the gift of warmth this winter, donating thousands of pieces of thermal clothing and hats to vulnerable and homeless young people supported by national youth charity, YMCA.

Fred Finn, who has visited 141 countries and travelled over 15 million miles, flew in especially to handover the thermal clothing, swap tips and share experiences with young residents from City YMCA London. With the help of Universal Textiles, Fred will be distributing 1,500 free hats and premium FLOSO thermals totalling £8250 to young people at YMCAs throughout the country.

Having worn Thermals from Universal Textiles for years Fred swears by them, saying:

“The trick to surviving the cold is to wrap up warm and wear more layers. Far too many people overlook the benefits something as simple as putting on an extra layer of thermals. The FLOSO thermals have probably saved my life on many occasions in many different countries where temperatures would otherwise been unbearable.”

With the cost of heating our homes rising and the ever more unpredictable weather, Fred and Universal Textiles hope to spread the word about the under-appreciated benefits of thermal clothing. This is an issue recognised by Suzi Browne, spokesperson for YMCA England, who states:

“Christmas and the winter months can be particularly difficult for those who are sleeping rough or in low income homes and unable to afford the rising costs of heating. We are very grateful to Fred Finn and Universal Textiles for their kind donation, which will be distributed via YMCA services and drop in centres to those who need it most.”

See the links below to just some of the YMCA centres who benefitted from Universal Textiles’ donation.




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Our visit from Fred Finn

Yesterday we had a visit from Fred Finn, the Guinness World Records‘ Most Traveled Man. He first became aware of the accolade in 1983 when Concorde got in touch with him about the number of tickets he had been buying. He has traveled 15 million miles and has visited 139 countries, he was on the very first Concorde and the very last. He has met a few famous faces on Concorde such as Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

The reason for him traveling was work at first, he held jobs at international licensing companies and traveled to broker deals in the days before email. He now spends his days in the Ukraine with his wife, where he enjoys the food, people and outdoor life.

He met with our director Ravi, and went to Leicester Airport for a photo shoot, the photos will be up soon on our Facebook page. Then he came back to the offices where he met with all the staff and had lunch and a tour of our building. He seemed like a really interesting man with lots of stories to tell and we hope to welcome him back soon.

Here’s what he had to say about our products: “I live in a very cold place, I use their socks, I found Universal Textiles and I’ve used their long socks for three years now. They’re warm, they wear well and they’re fantastic quality. When it’s cold, you need thermal underwear and Floso Underwear is a good product. I enjoy the product and it’s amazingly priced for the quality that it is. Absolutely fantastic.”

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