001 Furniture Plus
9 Jun 2022

Community

A first for Furniture Plus

North Scotland is delighted to furnish a local organisation with a wide range of furniture that once decorated a showhome.

The donation of a wide range of high-quality furniture is the first of its kind received by Furniture Plus, the largest furniture re-use, recycling, and repair organisation in Fife. 

The various sofas, dining table, chest of drawers, mirrors, beds, lights, curtains, and blinds had featured in the Persimmon showhome at the Weavers Gate development in Kinross, sold within days of being displayed at the Furniture Plus outlets in Dysart and Dunfermline raising approximately £3,130.

Colin Bruce, General Manager, at Furniture Plus, couldn’t believe it when he took the call and was delighted to hear that Persimmon wanted to giveaway such a substantial amount of furniture, he said: “I can’t thank Persimmon enough because the items will help the increasing number of families asking us for help. 

“Our key focus is tacking furniture poverty. Some people have nothing, the need for our goodwill scheme that offers items free has trebled over the past 18 months.  Since re-opening after lock-down we seem to be busier but have the added issue that donations are on the wane which is clear evidence that people are tightening their belts and considering re-use.

“We try to strike a balance by selling some of the quality items which allows us to give more items free to people in need.”

Accredited by Re-Use network and Revolve, Furniture Plus has a responsibility to only donate or sell items that meet specific safety and quality standards.  Colin added that Sofas and living room furniture are the top sellers, then dining room and bric-a-brac and small electricals are the third best seller.

James MacKay, managing director at Persimmon North Scotland said: “We support local causes each month with funding through our Community Champions scheme and actively look for opportunities to help charities and clubs that give back to local people.  Furniture Plus is a fantastic example of an organisation that is embedded in the community and works for the community to help tackle furniture poverty.

“They not only donate furniture and household items they also recruit through various job schemes and provide training to upskill their workforce and I hope that we can continue to support them in the future.”

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