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Fire Fighters Charity collects over 400 tonnes of clothing

The Fire Fighters Charity has launched an urgent appeal for new donors after its usual fundraising income fell by around £200,000 per month during lockdown.

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The Fire Fighters Charity’s annual Bag it and Bank It Recycling Championship campaign has seen the collection of more than 400 tonnes of unwanted clothing.

Every January the charity asks supporters to drop any unwanted clothing off in recycling banks across the UK, both outside a fire station or in their community. More than 400 tonnes of unwanted clothing dropped off at its clothing banks outside 966 fire stations, helping to divert it from landfill.

Donations of 405 tonnes of unwanted clothes in January, raised a record-breaking £89,162 from fire stations alone. Meanwhile, when looking at all UK recycling points, including other community sites, the total stands at 457 tonnes overall – bringing in a grand total of £96,394.

Chatteris Fire Station in Cambridgeshire took first place for the second year in a row – both in England and UK-wide. The team there donated 4.68 tonnes of unwanted clothing, with an impressive £1,030 raised.

Cwmbran Fire Station took the top spot for Wales this year. Having come 14th last year, they nearly doubled their collection this time round to win the Welsh title. Altogether they collected 2.95 tonnes of clothing, raising £649.

Kilsyth Fire Station came 3rd last year in Scotland and are now Scottish champions for the first time, having collected 1.75 tonnes – which raised £384.

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