Hundreds of fire stations across the UK have helped raise almost £85,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity in January alone – all by collecting unwanted clothes.
More than 380 tonnes of clothes were dropped off at the Charity’s clothing banks outside 928 fire stations, as part of its annual Bag it and Bank it Recycling Championship, with funds raised totalling £84,927.
This nationwide effort not only helped to divert a huge amount of unwanted clothing away from landfill but it will also help The Fire Fighters Charity continue to support thousands of fire and rescue service personnel with their health and wellbeing needs, when they need it most.
Chatteris Fire Station in Cambridgeshire took first place in the Championship this year – having collected an incredible 4.7 tonnes – while generating a huge income of £1,040.
You can see the top 20 stations by visiting www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/bibi-2022
Kevin Biles, The Fire Fighters Charity’s Sales Manager, said: ‘On behalf of everyone at The Fire Fighters Charity, I want to say a huge thank you to all those who took part in our Bag it and Bank it Recycling Championship this year. You’ve not only helped us recycle a huge amount of unwanted clothing, but you’ve also helped us soar past our target of £80,000.
‘Seeing the efforts that individual stations have gone to this year to make our recycling drive such a success has been incredible – the result says it all.
‘If it wasn’t for these generous donations, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today. Clothes recycling is such an important revenue stream for the Charity and these funds will go a huge way in helping us to continue to support thousands of fire and rescue service personnel every year.’
To find out more about recycling your clothing in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/recycling
Members of the UK’s fire services community in need of support with their health and wellbeing can call The Fire Fighters Charity’s Support Line on 0800 3898820 or visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/support