Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has established a new fundraising partnership with textile recycling organisation BIU Group.
Under the partnership scheme, BIU Group will provide clothing banks sited in the car parks of supermarkets, health and leisure centres, pubs, shops and local authority waste recycling centres, across the region. The banks will allow the public to donate unwanted clothes, shoes and household textiles, which in turn will raise funds for the service.
There are currently only around 25 donation banks across the region and many more are needed. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, for example, has worked with BIU Group for over a decade and has around 250 banks across Yorkshire that have helped generate more than £2.6m for the charity.
A spokesperson for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance said: “We will be one of only three air ambulance charities in the UK to operate a helicopter 24 hours a day, ensuring the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have the very best pre-hospital critical care possible. Hundreds of families still have their loved ones today because of the fast actions and expertise of our crew.
“The partnership with BIU Group will help us to continue to provide our patients with the very best critical pre-hospital care possible.”
Founded in 2005, BIU Group has raised more than £8.6m to date for its charity partners. It is part of Textile Recycling International, one of the UK’s leading reclamation businesses that employs thousands of people processing and exporting used clothing and textiles.
Wendy Yarney, charity partnerships director for BIU Group, appealed for the community to help raise money by hosting a recycling bank. She said: “The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has no government funding and relies purely on donations to continue its extraordinary life-saving work. By hosting one of our recycling banks, you are helping to keep the air ambulance flying 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
To find your nearest clothing recycling bank, please visit http://www.biugroup.co.uk or call 01422 418618.