Plea for old, unwanted clothes for charity fund

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PEOPLE are being urged to donate their unwanted clothes to help support firefighters.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with The Fire Fighters Charity and their recycling partners and placed yellow clothing recycling banks at a number of stations across the county.

There are donation bins at Southsea, Cosham, Gosport and Fareham fire stations, where residents are being asked to leave any unwanted, clean items of clothing they might have.

After donating, residents are being encouraged to knock on the door of the fire station and ask questions about home, event or business fire safety.

Each tonne of clothing donated generates £200 for The Fire Fighters Charity and it receives over £200,000 each year from its clothing banks.

The money goes towards supporting the service’s beneficiaries and their families, which costs £9m a year to support. It receives no government funding so all the cash needed comes from donations from the general public and the fire and rescue service community.