Fire service installs textile banks to raise cash for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 May 2019

New textile banks have been installed in Nailsea, Blagdon and Yatton.

New textile banks have been installed in Nailsea, Blagdon and Yatton.

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People can now recycle their textiles in Yatton, Blagdon and Nailsea to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) has installed new textile banks at the three stations - bringing their total up to 11 across the service.

The facilities have raised more than £20,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity since they were first installed in the area in January 2015.

This has made a huge difference to the charity which helps to fund the services and rehabilitation for fire and rescue staff and their dependents.

It has also resulted in 92 tonnes of unwanted clothing and textiles being diverted away from landfill.

Annabel Harford, from AFRS, said: "Having expanded the scheme to new locations, we would love to see them used on a regular basis across the service area, raising funds for a great cause and lowering environmental impact."

The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220 per tonne from the clothing collected, with all costs covered by their recycling partner, Elm Tree Textiles, who manage the banks and collections.

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