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Second-hand clothes earn council industry acclaim - 20.08.09

An innovate partnership between Sutton Council and a local wildlife charity has been recognised by a panel of industry experts.

The textile collection days with the London Wildcare Hospital have been shortlisted for the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) award for best Public/Voluntary partnership.

Several tonnes of old clothes and shoes were collected during the recent series of local collection days, with the proceeds going to care for wildlife at the Beddington based hospital.

The prestigious APSE awards attracted 400 entries from authorities across the UK. Finalists impressed a panel of judges made up of industry experts and professionals who ranked entrants on how they performed on public service improvements and local impact.

The collection days have now been replaced with a regular door-to-door textile collection. Residents wishing to have old clothes or shoes collected should call 020 8665 0888 (24 hours) to book a collection.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council said,

"Well done to all the team, being in the finals for such a prestigious award shows just what can be done when the council works together with residents and voluntary groups to improve our environment.

The winners of the APSE Service Awards will be announced at Cardiff International Arena on the 10 September 2009 during the APSE Annual Seminar 2009

Last updated: Friday, 21 August 2009

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