East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is hoping that anyone doing some spring cleaning will donate clothes to the Firefighters Charity.
Special clothing banks are now available at eight community fire stations: Pevensey, Broad Oak, The Ridge, Seaford, Battle, Rye, Mayfield and Barcombe.
It’s hoped that as much as £10,000 can be raised every year.
What to donate
While the Charity will accept adults and children’s clothing, did you know it can also accept socks, coats, underwear, paired shoes, handbags, bed linen, towels and curtains 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 Firefighters Charity supports past or present member of the UK’s dedicated fire services community. 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/