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Manchester facilities manager, Neil Leisham, has found a way to repay the kindness showed to him by The Salvation Army after the charity helped him as a boy. Neil, who runs the Cheshire Cleaning Company, manages the facilities for the Saltra Apartments on Elmira Way in Salford and has installed a Salvation Army textile recycling bank for residents. The bank will help to raise money for the charity through the donation of clothes and shoes.

Neil’s family home suffered a fire when he was a child where they lost most of their possessions. The family’s local Salvation Army helped them with clothes and furniture, and assisted with temporary accommodation while the Leishams got back on their feet.

Neil comments: “I remember how generous and kind the people at The Salvation Army were. We’d lost everything and they were there to help us rebuild our lives. When I began developing our recycling offer, I was delighted to find The Salvation Army has a textile collection service that raises money for the cause that helped me all those years ago.”

The Cheshire Cleaning Company manages a portfolio of apartment blocks in Manchester. Neil had not only identified a lack of textile recycling facilities within them, but also an increasing and alarming amount of good quality textiles were being put into general waste.

Since the textile bank was installed at Saltra Apartments, we have worked with Neil to place a further two banks within the Fushion Apartments building on Oldfield Road.