Fire call for clothes to aid charity

Fire Service launch charity appeal
Fire Service launch charity appeal

Beds firefighters have put out a call to the public to drop off all of their old and unwanted clothes at their nearest fire station.

Fire stations across the country are all taking part in a campaign throughout January to collect as many unwanted clothes and textiles as possible to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters.

People can drop off their clothes, shoes and handbags at the Duncombe Drive base of Leighton’s firefighters where they will find a big yellow recycling bank.

Bedfordshire has made a major contribution since the initiative started in 2009. In just 4 years, the county has raised £40,000.

Group commander Andy Peckham, BFRS representative for The Fire Fighters Charity, said: ”I reckon we would need to collect around two tonnes at one of our fire stations to win it this year.

“If anyone has any old or unwanted clothes, shoes or handbags they don’t want, now would be a great time to donate. It doesn’t matter what state the clothing is in as it will all be graded and recycled.

“Just bring it down and drop it off at the local fire station, or pop it into one of the big yellow recycling banks, which can be found at most of our premises.”

The fire station at Woburn will also receive any bagged recycled clothes, shoes and handbags that are donated.

The charity receives £220 for every tonne collected.