Clothes call for firefighters

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WHILE firefighters may usually be associated with saving lives, they are now hoping to save clothes as well.

The crews at Pocklington Fire Station are urging people to part with their old clothes, rather than simply binning them, as part of a charity drive.

A special recycle bin has been placed outside the station on Station Road which takes clothing, handbags, shoes in pairs and linen. It does not take toys, bric-a-brac or electrical items.

Mandi Hyde, who is a retained firefighter for Pocklington, said: “It’s only been here over a week and it is already a third full, but we want to get more in there. It’s here indefinitely as long as its used. It’s just down the side of the station, it’s a big bright yellow bin so you can’t miss it!”

For every tonne of material collected, the Firefighters’ Charity will receive 20 per cent of the value.

Formerly known as The Fire Services National Benevolent Fund, it supports members of the fire service community through physical, psychological and emotional trauma.