Unwanted clothes help Ottery firefighters support charity that is close to their hearts

Firefighters in Ottery St Mary have found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to support a national charity – your unwanted clothes.

The town’s fire station now has a clothes bank which is raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Easily accessible, the bright yellow recycling facility will help the charity support the mental and physical well-being of those on the front-line of 999 calls.

The charity provides tailored support to meet the individual needs of firefighters, including looking after their social well-being.

Announcing the clothes bank, the station said: “We are now collecting clothes to fundraise for The Fire Fighters Charity. A great cause that supports so many firefighters.”

Currently, the charity raises £500,000 every year through recycling. It launched its textile scheme in 2008, working with fire and rescue services and recycling companies.

Textile banks at fire stations attract donations totalling £220 per tonne. Their success has meant the charity no longer has to collect clothes donations door-to-door.

The unwanted clothes you can donate

The clothes bank at Ottery St Mary Fire Station accepts:

  • Adult and children’s clothing
  • Socks
  • Coats
  • Underwear
  • Paired shoes
  • Handbags
  • Linen

It does not accept bric-a-brac, plastic, toys or electrical items.

The Fire Fighters Charity says people should not leave clothes beside the bank if it is full. Instead, they should call the number displayed on the bank and try again in a few days.

All useable items donated at the bank are recycled and sold. Unwearable items are turned into industrial wipers and car upholstery, among other items.

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