This year is the 75th anniversary of The Fire Fighters Charity and to celebrate this, the Charity have set the ambitious target to raise £75,000 from donations to their textile recycling banks in just the month of January.
Throughout January fire stations will be competing to collect the most donations in their textile recycling banks with the stations that collect the most in England, Scotland and Wales being crowned winners in their country.
Whether injured, ill or in need of psychological support to come to terms with the life and death situations they face on a daily basis, the Fire Fighter Charity offers support to the everyday heroes of the UK fire community.
You can view a map of all The Fire Fighters Charity textile recycling bank locations on their website www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/recycle. If your local fire station has a textile recycling bank you can help them win the Championship by donating your unwanted clothing and the money raised from the collections will go towards providing physical and mental health support for serving and retired firefighters.
The winners of last year’s Championship were the crew from Egremont Fire Station who collected over 11,000kg of textiles from their local community. David McDowell, Crew Manager at the station says “It is an adrenaline buzz, a rush knowing that you have injected money into the Charity and you know that someone else who might need that assistance is going to get it.
He continued; “If you can get the support from everyone at your station and local papers, engage with your community and local schools plus spread the word via social media, we can easily exceed the £75,000 target.”