Air ambulance charity looks for more clothing bank sites

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HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is trying to increase the amount of clothing donations it receives by looking for new locations for its textile banks around the county.

The charity is looking for new locations for the distinctive yellow banks for unwanted clothing and wants anyone who thinks they might know a suitable location, such as a pub or supermarket car park, or somewhere else easily accessible to the public, to get in touch.

John Perry, chief executive of the charity said: ‘Having more of the textile banks in the area means we will inevitably be able to raise more money for the air ambulance through this brilliant scheme.

‘Our banks get filled up quite quickly so more of them around the county means we will ensure that we receive a larger quantity of textiles.’

The air ambulance recently reached an agreement with Fareham Borough Council that means it will not lose out financially now the authority has taken control of clothing banks on its property.

The air ambulance requires £125,000 each month to keep its service running and relies entirely on donations from individuals and organisations.

For more information go to hiow-airambulance.org.uk or call 023 8033 3377