Recycling charity set to open doors after receiving grant

A RECYCLING and training charity which has branches in Eastbourne and Lewes is set to open in Hailsham.

Furniture Now!, the re-use, recycling and training charity, will open its doors in the town during the first week of September bringing a dedicated re-use facility to the people in the area.

Funding to help the project start has been provided by Wealden District Council in the form of a three-year grant and all items will have two prices, where people who can show they are on low incomes or benefits will get items at half price.

The charity will also be looking for volunteers and trainees.

Rik Child, the director of Furniture Now!, said, “We are delighted to be opening in Hailsham.

“Public transport links to Eastbourne are not ideal and we are always having customers who visit our Eastbourne warehouse ask us to start a new store in Hailsham. Thanks to Wealden District Council’s Strategic Grant we are now able to bring a re-use store to the district.

“Everyone is welcome to come and see what we have in stock and residents will be able to access the stock at the lowest prices if they are in receipt of benefits or pensions.”

The charity will be collecting furniture, white goods, electrical items and IT equipment from householders who no longer want them and all these products will be available for sale from Tuesday to Saturday in the Hailsham shop. Delivery in the Furniture Now! van will also be an option for customers but the public is encouraged to take items away or drop things into the shop themselves if they have the transport.

The charity is employing local woman Helen Lawrence,to run the shop.

Helen moved to Hailsham from Peacehaven in 2006 and is well-known locally as the former landlady of the Kings Head Pub in South Road.

Helen has built up strong links to the local community and has had experience in planning a number of charity fundraising events. She is also an active member of the Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) committee.

Helen said, “I am looking forward to working with Furniture Now! and am excited about the imminent opening of a new store in Hailsham.

“I look forward to greeting friends, old and new.”

The charity is also offering some paid pre-apprenticeship places to 16 to 18-year-olds who did not get the GCSEs they wanted or have not yet secured work or a college place.

Volunteers are also needed.