Firefighters in West Sussex are encouraging people to recycle their unwanted clothing and textiles at their local Fire Station to help raise money for charity.
The Fire Fighters Charity, which is 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.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has 15 of The Fire Fighters Charity’s bright yellow recycling clothing banks across its Fire Stations and office locations. For every tonne gathered at the recycling banks The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220. More that £1 million has been raised nationwide since the scheme began.
In addition to raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, the recycling banks are also used to raise awareness of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Home Fire Safety Checks with the freephone number advertised on each one.
Ian Sinfield, West Sussex fire & 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”
The charity recycling banks are located at the following locations:
Billingshurst Fire Station
Bognor Fire Station
Crawley Fire Station
Crawley training Centre (old library building)
East Preston Fire Station
Littlehampton Fire Station
Horsham Fire Station
Lancing Fire Station
Midhurst Fire Station
Partridge Green Fire Station
Selsey Fire Station
Service Workshop, Terminus Road
Worthing Fire Station
For more information on the work of The Fire Fighters Charity visit their website at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk