Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s recycling partner, Recycling Solutions, are celebrating raising more than £120,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) in their first year of working with the Charity, thanks to donations from generous supporters across the region.
Recycling Solutions are a family run textile recycling company based in Heywood, Lancashire. Since 2007, they have been working with charities and local authorities to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill.
Businesses, community groups and individuals in Yorkshire have been recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes at over 230 Recycling Solutions textile banks situated across the county, with locations increasing every month.
For every item of clothing or pair of shoes donated, the YAA receives a percentage of the sale of the donated goods. Good quality items are re-sold to second-hand clothing traders in the UK and worldwide.
James Cook, Recycling Solutions Director (North West), said: “My organisation, Recycling Solutions North West has been given the privilege of working on behalf of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to raise funds via clothing recycling schemes. We are extremely proud to be tasked with this, our aim is to provide an exemplary service to the charity and the local community whilst raising significant funds every month, raising in excess of £120,000 in just 12 months has been a fantastic achievement, thank you to everyone who has placed their clothing and shoes in our clothing banks across Yorkshire. “
Katie Collinson, Corporate and Partnerships Manager for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “Since we started our recycling scheme over 16 years ago, we are very close to having raised an incredible £3 million pounds. It costs £4.4 million every single year to keep YAA saving lives across the region and our recycling scheme gives us sustainable income that we can rely on. We are very grateful to everyone for their continued support and generosity.”
Anyone wishing to donate unwanted clothing and shoes can do so by visiting their nearest clothing back. These can be located by inputting your postcode on the bank locator on the YAA website: www.yaa.org.uk/get-involved/recycling/ recycling-bank-locator