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MRW - it's a lifesaver!

MRW has helped prevent money for sick children being wasted on skips.

Our appeal for life-saving textile recyclers (see story) has also meant large amounts of material being recycled, instead of going to landfill.

BDF Newlife helps babies with debilitating and life-threatening conditions through research into their inborn conditions and by providing nursing services and grants for their families.

The charity collects second-hand clothes from its stores for resale, but some of the material received can't be sold again and is only fit for shredding.

It had been unable to find a recycler willing to take the material off its hands and was paying for the textiles to be taken away in skips and landfilled.

Following the appeal in MRW 's March 18 issue, BDF Newlife recycling officer Matthew Dunning received a call from an MRW reader.

Dunning said: "It was a lady from Preston City Council and she recommended a firm she sometimes used."

Bradford-based James Robinson Fibres now takes roughly 14 cages of surplus material once a fortnight from BDF's warehouse in Cannock, Staffordshire, free-of-charge.

It then recycles the material into felt padding, used in products like mattresses and carpet underlay.

Dunning added: "It's great - this is saving us money that would have been spent on skips, but can now stay in the charity."

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