Firefighters raise £22,000 for charity through unwanted clothing

Firefighters in Cheshire have raised a staggering £22,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity thanks to diverting more than 127 tonnes of clothing away from landfill sites.

The fundraising began in 2012 when Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service agreed to host clothing banks outside a number of fire stations across the county.

Since then an amazing 127.2 tonnes of unwanted clothing has been donated by both firefighters and members of the public.

All of the clothing, which was most likely destined for landfill, has either been re-sold, re-used or recycled – helping to raise £22,048 for The Fire Fighters Charity in the process.

Stuart Plaskett, who is Service's Fire Fighter Charity coordinator said: “This is an absolutely fantastic result – not only have we managed to divert more than 125 tonnes of clothing away from landfill sites, helping to protect the environment, but we’ve also been able to raise a staggering £22,048 for Fire Fighters Charity.

“The Fire Fighters Charity is dedicated to providing essential respite, recuperation and rehabilitation for sick and injured firefighters and their families.

“The charity relies on donations and fundraising, and the coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive reduction in the level of funding they have received – which is why we are committed to doing all that we can to help them.”

Kevin Biles, Sales and Recycling manager at The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “I cannot express how grateful we really are for all the clothing that we have received from both the staff at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and members of the local community.

“We initially began our clothing recycling scheme in 2009 and since then we’ve enjoyed over 10 years of continued growth, generating over £4.6million across the UK (up to March 2021), re-diverting over 26,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing away from landfill.

“Our next milestone, nationally is to drive income through clothes recycling over and above £5million and with the fantastic support we receive from Services such as Cheshire Fire and Rescue, we will achieve this.

“Through the money we’ve received we’re able to provide confidential, personalised support to the whole of the fire services community, delivering mental health, physical health and social wellbeing services at our centres, remotely, online and in communities around the UK.”

Below is a breakdown of the amount raised by each station:

Fire Station

Bank placed at station

Tonnes of clothing donated

Amount raised

Alsager Fire Station

2016 – 2017 only

0.19

£42

Birchwood Fire Station

2018

8.55

£1,416

Bollington Fire Station

2020

0.83

£99

Congleton Fire Station

2012

11.24

£2,024

Crewe Fire Station

2020

2.64

£423

Ellesmere Port Fire Station

2020

0.67

£80

Frodsham Fire Station

2020

1.76

£221

Holmes Chapel Fire Station

2020

2.17

£260

Knutsford Fire Station

2020

1.75

£210

Macclesfield Fire Station

2012

10.33

£1,868

Malpas Fire Station

2017

11.66

£2,227

Middlewich Fire Station

2020

1.07

£128

Nantwich Fire Station

2020

1.28

£154

Penketh Fire Station

2018

4.24

£687

Runcorn Fire Station

2018

11.64

£1,992

Sandbach Fire Station

2012

38.14

£6,989

Stockton Heath Fire Station

2020

1.32

£159

Tarporley Fire Station

2020

0.83

£99

Warrington Fire Station

2020

1.5

£269

Widnes Fire Station

2018

4.19

£673

Wilmslow Fire Station

2012

10.68

£1,945

Winsford Fire Station

2012-2014 only

0.52

£111


Last updated: Friday 19 November 2021

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