Hippo gives charity welcome helping hand

Stuart Scarisbrick and Paul Payne are pictured with the Hippo skip
Stuart Scarisbrick and Paul Payne are pictured with the Hippo skip

AN Eastbourne charity facing huge costs to get rid of dumped waste has been given a helping hand from a company.

Furniture Now!, the furniture re-use, recycling and training charity, this week formally thanked Hippobag for helping it with fly tipping that has occurred at its premises in Lewes and Eastbourne.

Hippobag has supplied a free Hipposkip to Furniture Now! helping it dispose of the waste furniture for free.

Waste disposal is extremely costly and Furniture Now! only has limited access to Household Waste Recycling Centres and has to pay for some of its waste disposal.

The charity works to re-supply secondhand low-cost, high-quality furniture to those who need it and asks residents to either drop items off when the store is open or telephone for a van to come and collect it.

But recently, the charity has had several lots of furniture dumped at night and the items are often spoiled in the rain or too old to be re-supplied.

Volunteers Paul Payne and Stuart Scarisbrick are pictured filling the skip and both have worked with Furniture Now! as Future Jobs Fund employees and volunteers for over six months.

Volunteers are able to learn skills with Furniture Now! including drivers mate, warehouse assistant, customer services and business administration skills all of which are transferable in the jobs market.

Director Rik Child said, “If people have items they wish to donate to the charity, we are very grateful.

“In fact, we have seen a downturn in donations recently, no doubt due to recession.

“To accompany this, we have seen a surge in single people and families needing items at low cost.

“If anyone does have good items in their loft or garage against a rainy day when they might need them, please do not hesitate to get in contact and we will help de-clutter!”

The donation hotline is Eastbourne 638000