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Generous islanders

SHETLAND is once again being dubbed one of the most generous communities in the country after the Salvation Army revealed islanders had donated 30 tonnes of clothes, shoes and textiles to clothing banks in the past 11 months.

In the past five weeks alone a shipping container has been almost filled with five tonnes of clothing ready for shipment south.

The upsurge in donations follows the Salvation Army’s trading arm SATCoL installing 21 new Salvation Army clothing banks on Shetland Islands Council-owned land across the islands last August.

They are in addition to the existing nine banks that were already open for business on private land in the isles.

SATCoL area representative Tom Richardson said he believed the people of Shetland could well be one of the UK’s most generous communities for clothing donations per head.

“Thirty tonnes from a population of a little over 22,000 in less than 11 months is very impressive indeed,” he said.

Richardson added that every tonne of textiles recycled or reused prevented seven tonnes of carbon emissions and eased the burden on landfill sites.

SATCoL has raised almost £40 million for The Salvation Army over the past five years towards its social welfare work, which includes running the Lerwick food bank.

The Shetland clothing banks are at:

Mossbank Shop, Northlea, Mossbank ZE2 9RB 
Walls Post Office, Springfield, Walls ZE2 9PF 
Co-operative Store, Holmsgarth Road, Lerwick ZE1 0PW 
Frank Williamson Shop, 30 North Road, Lerwick ZE1 0NT 
Tesco Stores Ltd, South Road, Lerwick ZE1 0RD (2)
Mainlands Store, No 2 Dunrossness Ind Estate, Dunrossness ZE2 9JB 
Co-operative Store, Hillside, Brae ZE2 9QG
John Herculson (General Merchants), Vidlin ZE2 9QB 
Community Centre, Gulberwick ZE2 9JX 
Bixter Hall, Bixter ZE2 9NA 
Reafith Hall, Mid Yell, Reafith ZE2 9BN 
H.W.R.C, Gremista Landfill, Gremista, Lerwick ZE1 0PX 
Charity Shop, Shoard, Whalsay ZE2 9AL 
Ulsta Ferry Terminal, Yell ZE2 9BD 
Skibhoul Stores, Baltasound, Unst ZE2 9DP 
Auld School Aith, Aith ZE2 9AB 
Leisure Centre Layby, Lochside, Lerwick ZE1 0PJ 
Mossbank Public Hall, Mossbank ZE2 9TE 
Scalloway Car Park, Scalloway ZE1 0UY 
Opposite Robertsons & Morrisons, Whiteness ZE2 9LQ 
Industrial Estate, Cunningsburgh ZE2 9HG 
Voe Recycling Area, A970, Voe ZE2 9PX 
Nesting Recycling Site, Opposite Old School, South Nesting ZE2 9PP 
Public Hall, Sandness ZE2 9PL 
Community Hall, Goff Tingwall ZE2 9SB
Blydoit Recycling Area, Lerwick Sound Shops Lerwick Sound ZE1 0UR
Sandwick Carpark, Opposite Youth Centre Sandwick ZE2 9HL
Bigton Community Shop, Bigton ZE2 9GA
East Voe Recycling Area, Near Scalloway ZE1 0UR
Trondra Village Hall, Trondra ZE1 0XL