Chatteris Fire Station has won The Fire Fighters Charity's January Bag it and Bank it Recycling Championship after collecting an "incredible" 4.68 tonnes of unwanted clothing in its on-site clothing bank.

Chatteris' collection went towards raising a record-breaking national total of £96,394, thanks to 457 tonnes of clothes being dropped off at the charity's clothing banks outside 966 fire stations and in community recycling sites across the UK.

The efforts at Chatteris Fire Station ensured the station won the championships for the second year in a row.

Kevin Biles, The Fire Fighters Charity's sales manager, said: "Our supporters have gone above and beyond over the last few weeks to once again reach record-breaking success in our Bag it and Bank it Recycling Championship.

"We're incredibly grateful to each and every one of them."

The charity's initiative asks its supporters every January to drop unwanted clothing off in recycling banks outside a fire station or in their community.

Mr Biles added: "Every year, I'm amazed at the dedication and commitment shown by fire stations and their local communities – and to raise such a fantastic amount this year shows just how much of a difference your recycling is making."

The nationwide effort not only helped to re-divert a huge amount of unwanted clothing away from landfill but will also help the charity continue to support thousands of fire and rescue service personnel and their families.

"Thanks to you, these funds will ensure we can continue to offer our life-changing support to fire service personnel and their families in the years ahead," said Mr Biles.

To find out more about recycling clothing in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity or donate, visit