Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority chairman Stuart West with Retained Support Officer Ashley Brown and one of 13 recycling centres at Shropshire fire stations which have raised £2,500 so far for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.


Shropshire firefighters are turning rags to riches for the Fire Fighters’ Charity after the successful launch of 13 recycling centres at county fire stations.

For the past six months, the Fire and Rescue Service has been working with the charity to collect textile donations.

Clothes banks at local fire stations have so far raised more than £2,500 for the charity.

Service Co-ordinator Ashley Brown said: " So far the scheme has been a great success with donations steadily increasing.

“As a service, we have pledged to raise around £30,000 for the charity in many ways this year. The addition of these textile banks is a great way to raise money and also helps the environment. 

Anyone can make donations to the banks which are safely placed at fire stations at Shrewsbury, Baschurch, Cleobury Mortimer, Clun, Newport, Market Drayton, Wem, Prees, Tweedale, Hodnet, Ludlow, Minsterley and Much Wenlock.

"We would urge people who are having a clearout of their summer clothes, before the winter hits, to think about donating any unwanted textiles into these banks."

The money raised is used by the charity to provide rehabilitation and respite services at three national centres to help firefighters, support staff and their families following illness or injury to get them back to a better way of life as quickly as possible. Nationally the textile scheme has raised more than £1million for the charity.


19th November, 2014