Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

East Devon residents recycle tonnes of textiles to help homeless this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 13:27 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:27 28 December 2017

A Salvation Army worker collecting bags of donated textiles. Picture by EDDC.

A Salvation Army worker collecting bags of donated textiles. Picture by EDDC.

Dan Evans Photography

A district councillor said East Devon residents should be ‘truly proud’ of helping fund vital emotional and practical services for the vulnerable and needy, such as nourishing meals for the homeless and care for older people.

East Devon recyclers made a difference for the homeless this Christmas by donating 250 tonnes of textiles to charity.

Clothing donations from local residents have flooded into the Salvation Army – weighing the equivalent of 30 elephants.

The huge haul was intended to help homeless and vulnerable people over the festive period.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) reported that, over the past 12 months, households had recycled clothes, shoes and textiles via green recycling boxes, collected from the kerbside.

The total also includes the textiles collected from the 10 Salvation Army clothing banks installed on sites across the district.

All donations are then taken by the Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCoL), which reuses and recycles them to raise charitable funds.

SATCoL’s reuse and recycling initiatives include more than 200 charity shops, 6,500 clothing banks and a door-to-door collection service which raises millions of pounds a year for the Salvation Army, contributing to its valuable social welfare work.

Louise Blank, a South West Salvation Army team member, thanked the people who have donated textiles over the past 12 months.

She said: “These donations will help to raise funds to support the vital work of The Salvation Army who help vulnerable and disadvantaged people, including those experiencing homelessness this winter.”

District councillor Tom Wright praised the organisation’s work with the vulnerable and needy, which includes emotional and practical support.

He said: “The Salvation Army carries out some amazing work.

“Our residents are helping them fund these vital services by donating their textiles for weekly collections from their kerbside. For that, they can be truly proud.”

The charity’s reuse and recycling operation helps to fund homelessness and addiction services, care for older people and help at emergency incidents.

Some of its other work includes supporting adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales and providing a family tracing service.

The Salvation Army provides around three million nourishing meals at community, drop-in and residential centres for older people, young families and people experiencing homelessness and more than 3,200 beds a night for vulnerable people.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories


Some schools in East Devon have announced they will be closed on Monday as a result of the snow on Sunday.

Read more

A reduced field of runners took part in The Grizzly in Seaton as the wintry weather returned to East Devon.

Read more

Medical professionals are being sought by a hospital trust to help minimise disruption to services after a deluge of snow hit Devon.

Read more

A married couple with a passion for Tar Barrels are hoping to raise thousands for the event by racing three coastal marathons in as many days.

Read more

More than a hundred young dancers faced disappointment after their show was cancelled, following months of rehearsals.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

Volunteers at Sidmouth Museum have been hard at work to prepare for the attraction’s forthcoming new season.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:59

The Met Office has upgraded a weather warning for Devon, with the South West set to be battered by ‘strong winds and heavy snow’.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

People are being urged to roll up their sleeves and help ensure Sidmouth looks its very best this summer as the town goes for glory in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Here’s this week’s photos from our readers sent in via our image-sharing website

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

The first-ever Sidmouth Daffodil Day which was cancelled due to snowy weather conditions will now take place on Easter weekend.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: -1°C

min temp: -3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications