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Just One Thing! For the Fire Fighters Charity

Date : 01 May 2021

This spring, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking households to do Just One Thing for the Fire Fighters Charity.

It’s hoping anyone doing their spring clean will drop off clothes and other items at special collection banks which can be found at eight of its Community Fire Stations. 

Last year these banks on our stations raised just under £5000 for the Charity. This year has been reduced to £2000 due to the reduced movement of people in the community. 

Group Manager Doug Marshall said:

“The Fire Fighters Charity does an amazing job providing a whole range of services aimed at support the mental, physical and social needs of all serving and retired members of the UK's fire family.

Unfortunately, the covid pandemic has prevented a lot of the usual fund raising activities going ahead. Income has fallen significantly for the charity but we know our communities in East Sussex can help turn that around.”

He added:

“Donating your unwanted clothes and other items can make a big difference. We’re also joining in with the Charity’s Brew with a Crew day planned for 4 May, in line with International Firefighters Day on 4 May 2021. 

It’s a really simple ask - form your own virtual crew – whether that’s with family, children, colleagues or friends – and have a brew over a video call, making a donation to the Charity in the process.” 

Find out more here: https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/brew-with-a-crew 

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What to donate in the clothing banks

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 industrial production. 

Where to Donate - our community fire stations

Barcombe - Weald View, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5AZ

Battle - London Road, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0EE

Broad Oak - Northiam Road, Broad Oak, Brede, East Sussex, TN31 6EP

Mayfield - Tunbridge Wells Road, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6PJ

Pevensey - Lyons Close, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LA

The Ridge (Hastings) - The Ridge, Ore, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2AD

Rye - Ferry Road, East Sussex, TN31 7DJ

Seaford - Cradle Hill Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3JA


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