Recycled clothing to help fire fighters

Shoreham Fire Station has one of the charity recycling banks
Shoreham Fire Station has one of the charity recycling banks

FIREFIGHERS are encouraging people to recycle unwanted clothing and textiles to help raise money for charity.

Shoreham Fire Station, in Stoney Lane, is one of 15 locations in West Sussex for new charity recycling banks, supporting The Fire Fighters Charity.

The charity, the only official organisation that supports injured firefighters and their families in their time of need, is running a national competition for fire stations to collect as much unwanted clothing and textiles during January.

The bright yellow bins have already helped raise more than £1 million nationwide since the scheme began. For every tonne gathered, The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220.

Firefighter Ian Sinfield, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s representative for the charity, said: “If you are thinking of having a bit of a post-Christmas clear out, or you are updating your wardrobe, then please consider supporting your local firefighters by recycling your unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles in one of our big yellow collection banks.

“The Fire Fighters charity gives amazing support to injured fire service personnel and their families and we are lucky enough to have one of their rehabilitation centres right here in West Sussex.”

In addition to raising money, the recycling banks are being used to raise awareness of Home Fire Safety Checks, with the freephone number 0800 328 6487 advertised on each one.

Other locations for the recycling banks include Lancing and Worthing fire stations.