Air Ambulance clothing bank for North Swindon Asda

By Barrie Hudson - 6 July 2020

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

  • From left: Wiltshire Air Ambulance critical care paramedic Ben Abbott, Wiltshire Air Ambulance director of fundraising and communication Barbara Gray, Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising manager Des Regan and Recycling Solutions’ Wendy Yarney unveil the clothing bank in Melksham

    From left: Wiltshire Air Ambulance critical care paramedic Ben Abbott, Wiltshire Air Ambulance director of fundraising and communication Barbara Gray, Wiltshire Air Ambulance fundraising manager Des Regan and Recycling Solutions’ Wendy Yarney unveil the clothing bank in Melksham

The firm deals solely with charity clothing bank collections, and promises the charities it works with a long-term sustainable revenue stream.

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.

The clothing bank at Asda in the Orbital Retail Park is one of 13 across the county but the only new one in Swindon.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £3.75 million each year to continue flying and saving lives. In 2019 the ambulance was called 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.”

A full list of clothing bank locations as they become available can be found at www.recyclingsolutions.org.uk/clothing-banks.

 

 

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