THE voluntary group Recycle for Wiltshire Air Ambulance has proudly handed over a bumper cheque for £11,728. 

The total comes from coffee pods, crisp packets and baby food pouches, as well as other products, which have been recycled across the county in the past six months.

Recycle for Wiltshire Air Ambulance was originally launched as a Facebook page in 2014 by Lesa Snook and Sam Peters, initially as a small scale scheme.

What started amongst family and friends, just recycling Tassimo and L’OR coffee pods plus baby food pouches, soon grew. 

Multiple programmes were soon added, including the crisp packet scheme, along with pet food pouches and tooth paste tube recycling.

Sam and Lesa recruited volunteers across Wiltshire to run drop off points – now totalling over 70 up and down the county – and co-ordinated the scheme, as well as both being mums with full-time jobs.  

Sam said: “The support shown by everyone is simply overwhelming, with so many new schemes and more people joining us we are on track to raise £2,000 a month. That’s amazing considering it would take around a year in the early days to raise that amount. 

“We cannot thank everyone enough for their continued support.”

Lesa commented: “We still have areas around the county which need a local drop off point as well as volunteers who might be able to spare an hour once a week to help with the sorting and packing at our various sites. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help us.”

Visit the Facebook page for updates on new schemes and your local drop off point