Fire service’s call for old clothes

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service wants your old clothes!

BFRS has put out a call to the public to drop off all of their old and unwanted clothes at their nearest fire station. Fire stations across the country are all taking part in a campaign throughout January to collect as many unwanted clothes and textiles as possible to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters.

Every fire station in Bedfordshire is taking part in the campaign, and people can drop off their clothes, shoes and handbags at any of them. And to make it even easier to donate items, several fire stations even have a big yellow recycling bank on site.

Bedfordshire has made a significant contribution since the initiative started in 2009. In just five years, the Bedfordshire public has helped to raise over £40,000 worth of additional income for The Fire Fighters Charity – and last year Bedford Fire Station won the national competition for raising the most funds!

Group Commander Andy Peckham, BFRS representative for The Fire Fighters Charity, said “If anyone has any old or unwanted clothes, shoes or handbags they don’t want, now would be a great time to donate. It doesn’t matter what state the clothing is in as it will all be graded and recycled. Just bring it down and drop it off at the local fire station, or pop it into one of the big yellow recycling banks, which can be found at most of our premises.”

Recycling can be dropped of at the following stations, which have recycling banks: Sandy, Potton, Biggleswade, Shefford, Ampthill, Bedford, Toddington, Luton, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard.

There are also fire stations at Harrold, Woburn, Kempston, and Stopsley, which will recieve any bagged recycled clothes, shoes and handbags that are donated.

For every tonne gathered at the recycling banks The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220. The scheme is run at no cost to The Fire Fighters Charity and every penny raised goes towards the valuable work of the Charity, including the running of its three national rehabilitation centres, which helps to get injured firefighters fit and back to work again.