Firefighters in West Sussex are asking residents to donate their unwanted clothing to help raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Worthing Fire Station has a bright yellow recycling clothing bank and the local fire crew is calling on people to recycle their unwanted clothing, linen, handbags and shoes to help protect the environment and raise money for a good cause at the same time.
The Fire Fighters Charity is the only official organisation that supports injured firefighters and their families in their time of need. The charity currently has three rehabilitation centres in Devon, Cumbria and Littlehampton.
For every tonne gathered at the recycling banks The Fire Fighters Charity receives £220. Since 2011 residents in West Sussex have helped the Service collect almost 50 tonnes of clothing and raised nearly £10,000 for the charity.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex, Lee Neale, said: “Many of us have a bit of a new year clear out so we’re encouraging people in West Sussex to bank it, rather than bin it! By dropping their unwanted clothes and shoes into one the recycling banks outside of our stations, they’ll be helping to support their local firefighters, reduce landfill and supply clothing for developing countries.”