New clothing donation banks set up for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

New clothing donation banks set up for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:43pm 7th July 2020. (Updated at 10:31am 8th July 2020)

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The recycling points have been installed at locations across the county, as a way of raising some extra cash for the helicopter service.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is working with Recycling Solutions to set up the clothing banks - with a couple put in locally to us including: 

  • The Rose and Crown at Bulford
  • Woodbridge Inn, Pewsey

The banks will be open straight away to take in any clothing and shoes we might have cleared out during lockdown.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance on helipad
Wiltshire Air Ambulance will use the money raised towards their day to day running costs

The textiles are then recycled, with the money going directly to the charity.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising manager Des Regan said: 

"We're delighted to be working with Recycling Solutions, who are experts in this field.

"Ultimately the clothing banks will help reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill and the money raised will help to fund our lifesaving work."

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Clothing Bank July 2020
The clothing banks will be dotted around Wiltshire, including at Harnham and Pewsey

Wendy Yarney from Recycling Solutions said: 

"Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a very well supported charity and we look forward to working with the local community, both in finding homes for our clothing banks and ensuring they are well used."

The money raised through the recycling scheme will help towards the £3.75 million that Wiltshire Air Ambulance needs to raise each year to keep flying and attending incidents.

Last year, the charity attended 1,233 emergencies across Wiltshire and the surrounding counties.

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