The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is celebrating nine years of its partnership with recycling company DB Collections this month.
DB Collections organises kerbside clothing collections on behalf of TAAS, donating some of the items to the charity’s shops and selling the rest on for a profit which is then passed on to TAAS to help continue its life-saving work.
Recycling manager for TAAS, Justin Thompson, said: “The work carried out by DB Collections is extremely valuable to TAAS and over the nine years we have worked with them we have built up a great partnership.
“Each year a huge amount of money is raised directly for the charity through these collections and they also supply our charity shops with a range of high quality goods – employing three people to sort through the goods to find items that the shops can then sell on.”
DB collectors deliver TAAS bags to homes across Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Warwickshire asking people to fill them with unwanted clothes.
They then go round and collect the bags of clothing, before selling it on to retail outlets, vintage and second hand stores, and overseas markets.
Part of this profit then goes to TAAS to fund their Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).
Clothing collections for charities have received some bad press recently due to fraudulent companies trying to make money from the donated clothes.
Justin said: “Unfortunately, there are some illegal businesses out there masquerading as the charity or by stealing our bags.
“We are doing our upmost to clamp down on these businesses by reporting them as soon as possible and if members of the public have any doubt about the legitimacy of their bag collectors, they can call 08454 130999 where we will be able to reassure them.
“We are keen to stress how important this service is to us, and we urge the public to continue their fantastic work through donating their unwanted clothes.”
Pete Evans of DB Collections, a family business established in 1972, said: “We pride ourselves on our services not only to our general public customers, but also the great support we give to the retail shops within the organisation.
“Everyone associated with DB feels a sense of pride and passion to be helping this worthy cause and we give 100 per cent commitment to our duties.”
TAAS consists of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and The Children’s Air Ambulance.
Anyone wishing to support the charity can leave unwanted accessories including shoes, bags and belts, as well as clothes in the recycling bags.