Marshalls staff bag record amount of recycled clothes

Air support: from the left, John Baxter (YAA aircrew), Neil Davidson, Cpt Steve Cobb (YAA Chief Pilot), Marion Commons and Bob Shields

Air support: from the left, John Baxter (YAA aircrew), Neil Davidson, Cpt Steve Cobb (YAA Chief Pilot), Marion Commons and Bob Shields

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CONCRETE products company Marshalls has collected 1,200kg of clothing and shoes for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance recycling campaign.

The collection was carried out by the company last month across its six sites in Huddersfield and Halifax, where it employs hundreds of people.

Its staff amassed the largest volume of shoes and textiles ever collected for the YAA by an individual company.

Marshalls decided to support the charity after a long standing employee, Brian Commons, was airlifted to the Leeds General Infirmary after a road accident in March by an air ambulance. Sadly Brian later passed away.

Neil Davidson, of Marshalls, said: “Brian was a much-loved colleague at Marshalls and the staff were devastated to hear of his loss – we wanted to do something to show our thanks.

“As a company which is passionate about sustainability and corporate social responsibility we felt that getting involved in the recycling campaign was a perfect way to donate to the charity and involve all of our colleagues.

“The service the air ambulances provide is so important and it is not until someone close to you is affected that you realise just how valuable it is.”

Mr Davidson and Mr Commons’ widow Marion, recently visited the crew at the YAA’s airbase at Leeds Bradford International Airport along with Bob Shields, who was a close colleague of Mr Commons.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has operated its recycling campaign for over five years and it generates around £250,000 annually.