Melton businesses help raise £100k for Rainbows through Where’s It Bin? Scheme

Staff Viv Durham and Precious Obilaso with Preston Shumba, who is supported by Rainbows, along with bins Barry, Betty and Bertie PHOTO: Supplied
Staff Viv Durham and Precious Obilaso with Preston Shumba, who is supported by Rainbows, along with bins Barry, Betty and Bertie PHOTO: Supplied

Businesses, schools and groups in Leicestershire, including Melton, have helped raise £100,000 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People by taking part in its ‘Where’s it Bin?’ scheme.

In August 2015, the hospice, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, launched its ‘Where’s It Bin?’ campaign. During that time, around 84 organisations from Leicestershire have taken part, some more than once.

Those who took part from Melton were Kettleby Foods (part of Samworth Brothers) and Naturescape Farm, Langar.

‘Where’s it Bin?’ sees Rainbows drop three branded wheelie bins - Barry, Bertie and Betty - to businesses, organisations, schools and clubs for one week. People are encouraged to fill them with bags of unwanted saleable goods for the Rainbows charity shops. At the end of the week, Rainbows collect the bins and all the donations.

Almost 10,500 bags from across the East Midlands have been donated, with the stock worth over £100,000 to date. If all the empty bins were stacked on top of each other, the total height would equate to the height of three Empire State Buildings.

Tom Stanyard, corporate fundraiser at Rainbows, said: “We are delighted to announce that businesses, schools and groups in Leicestershire have helped to raise such an incredible amount.

“We thank all of them for looking after Barry, Bertie and Betty, but also want to thank everyone who has donated their unwanted items.

“The bins are always looking for somewhere new to visit and we try to make it as easy as possible for you. By having our wheelie good friends come to you, it means people who want to donate their unwanted items don’t have to go out of their way to do so.”

To take part, contact Tom on 01509 283919 or tom.stanyard@rainbows.co.uk