Plea for unwanted clothes and shoes to support The Fire Fighters' Charity

08 February 2018

Norfolk firefighters are urging residents across the county to clear out their unwanted clothes and shoes to help raise money for charity.

So if you’ve decided to lose weight this New Year and your old clothes no longer fit, or if you’re just spring cleaning your wardrobe and realise there are items unlikely to be worn again, consider donating them to The Fire Fighters’ Charity’s clothing collection banks.

The bright yellow banks are located outside the majority of Norfolk's fire stations and most can be accessed any time.

The clothes are sorted and recycled and Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service’s associated charity is given money per kilo collected. Between April and November 2017, the clothing banks generated £4,000 in income.  This is enough to fund four people through physical and psychological rehabilitation at one of the Fire Fighters’ Charity’s centres.

The national charity, which is marking its 75th anniversary in 2018, supports injured and sick fire service staff, former staff and their families and saw a spike in demand for its services following the Grenfell Tower blaze last summer. Each year, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is set a fundraising target by the charity and staff organise a range of events to raise money.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said:  “This is an easy way in which everyone can show support for our firefighters and their colleagues nationally.  Clearing out unwanted clothes and donating them to such a good cause costs nothing, but makes a real difference to fire service staff needing support.”

Fire stations where clothes can be taken to are:  Attleborough, Carrow, Cromer, Dereham, East Harling, Fakenham, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Heacham, Holt, Hunstanton, Loddon, Long Stratton, Martham, Massingham, Methwold, Mundesley, North Walsham, Reepham, Sandringham, Sprowston, Stalham, Swaffham, Terrington, Wells, Wroxham and Wymondham.  A further clothing bank will also be placed at Downham Market fire station soon.

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