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Charity’s re-use initiative celebrates success (24 Feb 2017)

A unique charity is celebrating after its new furniture reuse project has gone from strength to strength.

The HoneyRose Foundation is the only UK charity that helps grant special wishes to adults (age 40+) from all over the United Kingdom, (and over 20 years of age in the Merseyside area) who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. It’s project team in St Helens has recently been supported with a £3000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

The project aims to repair and upcycle a range of furniture and other household items to be sold at affordable prices at the charity’s shop in the centre of St Helens. The grant has assisted the charity in acquiring an improved storage facility, and in the future the development of a workshop area, for furniture and other household items donated for reuse and recycling. In addition the charity supports a range of other initiatives including training, job and volunteer opportunities for local people.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the HoneyRose Foundation with resources to develop the new storage unit, it’s enabled them to collect, reuse and repair huge quantities of furniture and household items, which would otherwise have been thrown away and sent to landfill. They’ve been able to give all of these things a ‘second life’ in homes across the local area.”

Cllr Alan Cunliffe, MRWA’s St Helens Council member said: “This is an excellent local project that’s delivering a great service to communities across St Helens and the Authority is pleased that through the Community Fund grant we can contribute to its success.”

Billy Duffy, Chairman, from HoneyRose Foundation said: “The support of the MRWA has been invaluable in helping us with this project, and the donations of goods from the local community has out stripped all of our estimates….a massive thank you.”

The support will continue until the end of March this year, and project leaders are already making plans to continue the project which will be integrated into the charity’s local operations.

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PICTURE CAPTION:  Left to right (front row) Dave Roberts (HoneyRose Foundation), Christine O’Brien (Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority), Lynn Duffy MBE (Founder HoneyRose Foundation)
Left to right (back row) Tom Kelsall (HoneyRose Foundation, Cllr Alan Cunliffe Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority St. Helens Council member, Billy Duffy (HoneyRose Foundation),

Media contact: Colette Gill, MRWA Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Notes for Editors
(i) The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
(iv) More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA             Facebook: MerseysideRWA
(v) More information about the Honey Rose Foundation can be found at www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk