Clear out clothes to boost firefighters charity

Firefighters across Cambridgeshire are calling on the public to donate unwanted clothing and textiles in charity recycling banks at local fire stations.

More than 20 stations in the county are competing to collect as much unwanted clothing as possible throughout January to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Station Commander Martin Ockenden, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service's representative for the charity, said: "If you are having a clear out after Christmas, we would really appreciate you popping your unwanted clothes, shoes and handbags in our big yellow donation banks. It doesn't matter what state the clothing is in as it will all be recycled.

"This is a great scheme because it is of no cost to the charity and every penny raised from generous donations by the public goes towards the valuable work the charity does, including to support three rehabilitation centres."

The local crews are all hoping to be crowned top of the charity's UK textile recycling league, which is a national competition among fire stations based on the quantity of textiles collected throughout January.

For every tonne gathered at the recycling banks The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220 and since being launched the scheme has raised £1.75 million nationwide. Last year's competition saw more than 130 tonnes of clothing recycled by 579 fire stations nationally, redirecting it away from landfill sites and raising more than £30,000.

The following fire stations in Cambridgeshire have recycling banks to collect clothing, fabrics and shoes:
Burwell
Cambourne
Chatteris
Cottenham
Dogsthorpe
Ely
Huntingdon
Kimbolton
Linton
Littleport
Manea
March
Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade
Ramsey
Sawston
Soham
Stanground
St Ives
St Neots
Sutton
Whittlesey
Wisbech