Recycling champions! Erewash Borough Council and local residents have been praised for their outstanding support for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
The praise comes after it was revealed that the Air Ambulance’s clothing banks at the council’s recycling sites in Long Eaton and Sawley have generated the most out of all the charity’s council banks – and the West Park Leisure Centre recycling area is the highest performing site out of all its locations.
The West Park site has six Air Ambulance clothing banks that collected 43 tonnes of stock in 2018 – which funded 126 lifesaving missions. A clothing bank at Sawley Community Centre collected 6.7 tonnes of stock, working out at 19 lifesaving missions funded.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance representatives Amy Titterton, Bank and Relationships Manager, and Clare Harby, Head of Reuse, presented certificates to Erewash Borough Council to mark the achievement.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“What a fantastic achievement and we, of course, send out a big thank you to our residents who have shown such marvellous support for this vital, life-saving charity. We are honoured to host the clothing banks for the Air Ambulance and do all we can to support them – and being a top performer shows just how much the charity means to this council and our residents. It also shows how a commitment to recycling as much as we can has a positive impact – in this case, by taking clothing to the Air Ambulance banks we are making life-saving missions possible. Well done to everyone.”
Clothing collected in the banks is sold within the Air Ambulance’s charity shops, with money raised funding the serving – each mission costs the charity £1,700.
Clare Harby, Head of Reuse, added:
“I would like to thank the public for their generous donations to their local air ambulance service and look forward to seeing if we can increase donations this year. I would also like to thank Erewash Borough Council for allowing us to host our clothing banks on their premises, these clothing banks are vital to our charity as we still receive no government funding.”
The charity is appealing to businesses and other local councils for their support. Any which can site a clothing bank should contact the reuse department on 01509 670989.