Charity bonanza from old clothes

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OLD clothes have made more than £40,000 for Portsmouth charities over a nine-month period.

Residents recycled more than 130 tonnes of materials by placing them in the city’s blue textile banks between August last year and April this year.

Groups which have benefited include the Air Ambulance, Salvation Army, the British Heart Foundation, TRAID, Scope and Dreams Come True.

Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for environment, Councillor Robert New, said: ‘We are happy we have been able to donate this money to the charities that were running the banks before the new service came into place.

‘It’s fantastic that as a council we are able to donate this amount of money, but it’s all thanks to the generous people of Portsmouth recycling their old textiles in the recycling banks, so we would like to thank you.

‘I would like to encourage more people to consider the blue textiles banks around the city when you’re having a clear out.’