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Furnish to the rescue of flood victims

Furnish to the rescue of flood victims

SBHG's furniture re-use service Furnish, is helping flood victims in the north with furniture they need to get back on track.

Following an appeal from The ReUse Centre – a charity and social enterprise co-ordinating furniture for flood victims – for items to help families, Furnish rallied together emergency furniture for people being moved into temporary accommodation. Once the furniture arrives, the York (& Selby) Community Furniture Scheme will distribute it locally.

Furnish director Pam Sedgwick said: “We are only too happy to help people who have lost so much in the floods by doing what we do well – fast, efficient delivery of furniture. We usually only deliver within London but we’re supporting this as it will make a huge difference to so many families impacted by this horrendous flooding.

“We've taken to the ReUse Centre a full van-load of items they urgently require including armchairs which we receive all the time from the local community and business. It is about us doing what we can to help these people in need.”

Mark J Thompson, chief officer of The ReUse Centre, said: “We originally planned to take a load of sofas up north because we have a lot available. However when we talked to the folks on the front line it became apparent that armchairs would be a better solution. People are being moved into temporary accommodations which are quite often very small. We sent a tweet out appealing for donations and very quickly heard back from Furnish with a great offer.”

Furnish is London’s largest furniture re-use service with a simple aim of preventing furniture and appliances ending up in landfill. It collects good quality second-hand furniture donated by west Londoners. The items are sold at affordable prices in the Furnish shop in Shepherds Bush’s West 12 shopping centre.

Furnish offers discounts so low income households can furnish their homes. As well as the shop, Furnish runs the West London Re-use Centre in Greenford, a space half the size of a football pitch. Stock goes from the warehouse to the shop. The Re-use Centre also provides a removals and clearance and fit out service, mainly for social landlords. Follow Furnish on Twitter @FurnishLdn

For information about The ReUse Centre visit www.thereusecentre.org.uk/colleagues.php