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Cornwater Club Hoping For A Grand Gesture

24th January 2017
News, Mansfield

Cornwater Club Hoping For A Grand Gesture

Mansfield based Charity the Cornwater Club, are encouraging people to donate unwanted clothes in order to raise £1,000 to support its work with older people.

The clubs “Rags To Riches” campaign launched yesterday (Monday 23rd) and invites members of the public and local businesses to bring their 'rags' to the Charity shop based on Queen Street – rags include worn out or torn clothing, underwear, shoes, bedding, tablecloths, and towels. 

The rags are then sold to the local recycling merchant to raise funds.

Currently over 85% of textiles are going to landfill sites, which is environmentally harmful.  Of this, more than 90% could be re-cycled and given a new lease of life.  These textiles can be reprocessed and used to fill vehicle seats or converted to cloth wipes; some clothing and shoes are sent to Africa and Asia - there are many uses.

Shop Manager Sharon Baum said: "The shop currently recycles on average 12 tonnes of rags each year.  We are now asking for support from the local community to recycle another three tonnes to help both the environment and raise £1000 for the four-days-a-week older people’s activity programme run by our club."

The Cornwater Club, a local charity supported by the shop, aims to offer friendship and stimulation, so helping to reduce the loneliness which many older people experience.  The £1000 will be used to introduce new activities including dancing, language courses, photography and many more.  The charity hopes to meet its targets by the end of March when it plans to introduce a broader activities programme.

You can hear more about The Cornwater Club in our recent News In Focus program with Craig Priest by clicking HERE.

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