Clothing recycling plea from charity

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HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is urging people to donate to its textile recycling banks.

The charity, which relies entirely on donations from the public, makes more than £30,000 a month from its 300 bright yellow bins around the county.

The plea comes after Fareham Borough Council announced it is to take over running the banks on its own land, including eight for the air ambulance.

John Perry, the charity’s chief executive, said, it received no government or statutory funding and added: ‘Textile recycling is a way that donors can continue to support their Air Ambulance, even during these difficult economic times, without it costing them money.

‘We are extremely grateful to all our textile donors for their ongoing support for the charity.’

Donations of textiles should be placed in the recycling banks in bags.

For very large amounts, collections can be arranged by calling (023) 8033 3377. For your nearest bank go to