Launched in 2005, the recycling scheme was kick-started by setting up a partnership with Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Since then the scheme grew exponentially, supporting regional causes ranging from air ambulance charities and search and rescue organisations to hospices and community support 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 such as Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s cancer treatment centre in Basingstoke.
BIU’s patented textile banks provide a means for charity partners to raise regular and sustainable funds as members of the public donate their unloved clothing, shoes and textiles. BIU Group’s drivers collect the donations on a regular basis; these are then re-used or recycled to raise vital, life-changing and life-saving funds for BIU’s charity partners.
Wendy Yarney, BIU’s Charity Partnerships Manager said, “We are in the mood for celebration after hitting such a large milestone for our charity partners. 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. They are all fantastic organisations and we are constantly in awe of the work that they carry out every single day. We are looking forward to hitting the next milestone for them as soon as possible!”