As the first month of the new year draws to a close, it’s almost time for us to begin fulfilling our new year’s resolution: to keep you, our valued donators and customers, updated with the goings-on at the Furniture Helpline.
To begin this resolution, we thought we’d start with the highlights of 2017:
Collections and Deliveries
Throughout last year Furniture Helpline made over 700 collections and 900 deliveries throughout East Hampshire, Waverley, and Havant Borough areas. This is all thanks to the generous donations of both furniture and funds from kind individuals and families.
Of those 900+ deliveries:
- 400 deliveries were made to families on low income
- 150 deliveries were made to families in crisis through various grant schemes and our very own crisis fund – specifically 126 received starter packs
In other terms, these discounted or free deliveries accounted for over 70% of items delivered throughout 2017.
Bordon Liphook Haslemere Charity
The Bordon Liphook Haslemere Charity is a unique organisation providing financial support to individuals and community groups within a strictly limited geographical area around the respective towns. During 2017 they moved into our premises, sharing the available office space. We hope this will allow us to further our already close relationship and help even more people in 2018.
Find out more information here
FareShare is a national charity tackling food waste, redistributing surplus food which would otherwise go to waste. In 2017 they saved over 13 thousand tonnes of food. Of this amount Furniture Helpline distributed around 20 tonnes of food to charities such as St. Francis Food Bank, Royal Voluntary Service, Age Concern, the Forest Centre, and Grayshott Little Sunflowers Pre-school.
Find out more information about FareShare here
Woolmer Men’s Shed
Using our fully-equipped workshop, the Woolmer Men’s Shed volunteer their time to repair and refurbish items which have been donated to the charity, and also their own products. The Men’s Shed is an inclusive gathering which is open to men and women aged 18 and above.
Furniture Helpline currently has two days (Tuesday and Friday) allotted to Men’s Shed activities. New members (both furniture veterans and workshop novices) are warmly invited to try their hand. During the last year an estimated 60 items were saved from being scrapped and sent to landfill.
In October 2016 the Furniture Helpline premises was broken into, and one of our hard-working and invaluable vans was stolen. After four months of fundraising, we were able to purchase a new van which has since proved its worth several times over. Later on in the year we added the Furniture Helpline logo to both vans, including a contact number.
Alongside our valued customers and furniture donators, we would like to take the time to thank several trusts, foundations, and societies who have made important financial contributions. This has allowed the charity to expand and much of our activities depend on their vital support.