Charity urges people to get rid of clutter

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A CHARITY is asking people to give their unwanted gifts to help keep the air ambulance flying.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is urging people to drop off unwanted clothes to its textile recycling banks to generate money.

Clothes, textiles, shoes and ink cartridges can be donated via the yellow recycling banks.

HIOWAA chief executive Alex Lochrane also encouraged people to make de-cluttering one of their New Year’s resolutions.

He said piles of unwanted or outgrown clothing can be recycled and converted into money for the air ambulance, and even worn-out shoes and garments which are damaged can be put to good use.

Mr Lochrane said: ‘The majority of the textile donations we receive at this time of year have come from wardrobe clear-outs.

‘With clothing banks at recycling sites across our region, there are plenty of places for people to take last season’s garments and put them to a worthwhile cause.’

There are five HIOWAA banks in Portsmouth, as well as banks in Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Horndean, Wickham and Waterlooville. Locations at hiow-airambulance.org.uk