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Air ambulance needs textiles
HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is appealing to people to fill its big yellow textile recycling banks, as they provide tens of thousands of pounds each month to keep lifesavers flying.
There are banks in Fordingbridge car park in Bartons Road, at the Augustus John pub, the A33 slip road car park off the A338 and the Sandleheath layby.
The Furlong car park in Ringwood and Morrisons in Verwood, West Moors Memorial Hall, Cranborne Sports and Social Club and The Compass Inn in Damerham also have banks where people can drop off old clothes, shoes, curtains, bedding and any other textiles.
John Perry, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said: “Our textile recycling scheme is enormously important to the charity as it brings in over £30,000 of charity funds each month.
“Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance receives no government or statutory funding for operational purposes, and the only help we do receive is through secondment of our paramedics from our key partner, South Central Ambulance Service, which is the NHS ambulance service covering Hampshire.
“Textile recycling is a way that donors can continue to support their air ambulance, even during these difficult economic times, without it costing them money. We are extremely grateful to all our textile donors for their ongoing support for the charity.”
Donations of textiles should be placed in the recycling banks in bags, and for very large amounts of textiles, the charity can arrange for collection from your home – call 02380 333377 to arrange.