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Dee-tex Project in Saltney gives charities a funding boost

A SOCIAL enterprise based in Saltney has celebrated its birthday by handing over cash to help good causes.

The Dee-Tex Project has presented cheques to charities across Flintshire and Chester including: Treuddyn Community Centre, £170; Saltney Community Centre, £100; Mold Rugby Club, £137.45; Save the Family, £579; Kinnerton Village Hall, £271.95; Miles of Smiles, £250; and Grosvenor Garden Centre, £70.

Based at the Brymau 4 Trading Estate on River Lane, the project, which opened its doors four years ago, collects unwanted clothing and other household textiles from schools, nurseries and community groups across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester and pays them an agreed rate per kilo.

There are also a number of distinctive pink bins around the region into which people can donate their clothes.

The items are recycled and sold at stores in Shotton, Wrexham and Rhyl, and the proceeds donated to local good causes.

A new retail outlet is due to open in Victoria Road, Saltney, next month.

Managing director Brian McManus said: “In the last four years Dee-Tex has brought over £750,000 into the local economy, diverting more than 200 tonnes of unwanted textiles from possible landfill each year.

“We raise funds for 19 different organisations in the area and create employment for local people.”

For further information on Dee-Tex Project, visit www.deetexproject.org.