Halifax textile recycler BIU Group has hit a major milestone after raising £8 million for its charity partners.
Support from Asda enabled the recycler to reach this aim by placing banks in over 30 stores across the country.
Launched in 2005, the textile recycling scheme was kick-started by setting up a partnership with Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and further assisted by the Leeds based supermarket agreeing for banks to be placed at 16 of their stores across the county.
Since 2005, the scheme has grown exponentially, supporting regional causes ranging from air ambulance charities, search and rescue organisations to hospices and community sport groups.
Over the last few years the funds raised through the scheme have assisted in supporting air ambulance charities to provide life-saving emergency medical service and in purchasing vehicles such as the recently procured Land Rover for Hampshire Search and Rescue.
Funds generated from the public’s recycling donations have also contributed to ongoing projects like the provision of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s cancer treatment centre in Basingstoke.
Wendy Yarney, BIU’s Charity Partnerships Manager, said: “Our work has helped to save or improve the lives of many people by providing funds towards the lifesaving and life- changing goals our charity partners have.”