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Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches new clothing banks

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance has teamed up with Recycling Solutions to install charity clothing banks across the county. 

The charity says, “It gives the Wiltshire public the opportunity of convenient locations to recycle clothing and shoes they no longer want and at the same time support their local air ambulance. 

“Family-run Recycling Solutions have been operating since 2009 and are one of the leading textile recycling companies in the UK. 

“Dealing solely with charity clothing bank collections, Recycling Solutions ensure a long-term sustainable revenue stream for their charity partners. The first clothing banks have now been installed including Bratton Plant Centre (Westbury) and White Horse Health Centre (Westbury).

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 needs to raise £3.75million each year to continue flying and saving lives. In 2019 the charity was tasked to 1,233 incidents across Wiltshire and surrounding areas. 

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.”

View a full list of clothing bank locations as they become available here: www.recyclingsolutions.org.uk/clothing-banks.

Any suggestions or questions about the clothing banks can be sent by email to a dedicated team at waa@recyclingsolutions.org.uk. 

Pictured: (l-r) critical care paramedic Ben Abbott; director of fundraising and communication Barbara Gray; fundraising manager Des Regan and Recycling Solutions’ Wendy Yarney.