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Clothing banks raise more than £1000

Date : 17 July 2019


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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is thanking the public for helping them raise over £1000 for The Fire Fighters Charity in just three months.

Special clothing banks are available at eight community fire stations: Pevensey, Broad Oak, The Ridge, Seaford, Battle, Rye, Mayfield and Barcombe. Find out more about the locations: https://www.esfrs.org/clothing-banks/

Kevin Biles, Recycling Manager for The Fire Fighters Charity says; 

“This is a really positive start for textile recycling across East Sussex’s fire stations. The local support has been fantastic with members of the public using the clothing banks to donate their unwanted clothing. Not only have we collected over five tonnes of clothing in three months, but this has also generated £1,134 for our Charity. The money will go a long way to helping us support the mental health, physical health and social wellbeing of the UK’s fire services community. Following this success, I am pleased to say that we are now working with East Sussex FRS to identify even more fire stations where we could position a clothing bank. Thank you all for your great support, we look forward to seeing this go from strength to strength in East Sussex.”

Matt Lloyd, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager, says;

“We have had such a great response from our appeal for people to donate clothing and other items. We hope that the summer holidays spark another clear out for people and that they will think of us when they want to recycle. The Fire Fighters Charity is such a great cause – it has helped many of our colleagues here in East Sussex. Giving your items to the Charity can help support those who work around the clock to keep you safe.”

What to donate

While the Charity will accept clothing for adults and children, did you know it can also accept socks, coats, underwear, paired shoes, handbags, bed linen and towels to name just a few.  

Unfortunately, they can’t recycle duvets or pillows (but your nearest animal shelter may be grateful for them), nor can they take bric-a-brac or uniforms. 

Not only will it help raise money but it means less goes into landfill. Around 350,000 tonnes of clothing is discarded in household waste every year. This is around £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothing. With a few exceptions, most of this could be processed by our textiles recycling, either being resold or turned into industry production.

About the Charity 

The Fire Fighters Charity supports past and present members of the UK’s dedicated fire services community – whatever role they played. It is almost entirely funded through donations from the fire community and public. They take time to fully understand the mental, physical and social needs, whatever the primary reason for someone reaching out for support.

Find our more: https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/


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