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Home-Start Furniture Donation

Making a difference with every donation

20th June 2022

This week is Small Charity Week and the campaign aims to raise awareness of the many small charities across the UK, and the rest of the world, and the contribution they make to communities. For the past 15 years, at NFU Mutual we have supported local groups and charities with our furniture donation scheme.

Our well-established scheme, which forms part of our charitable giving programme, donates surplus office furniture and provides a second life to these items. In 2021, a total of 270 pieces of furniture were donated to local groups, including hospices, schools and community centres.

One of the charities we have supported through the scheme is Home-Start South Warwickshire. A voluntary organisation, Home-Start South Warwickshire is committed to promoting and supporting the welfare of families with young children.

Last year, the charity moved to an unfurnished office and our donation, which included six office chairs, four large office desk and drawer sets, a printer table and a filing cabinet, has enabled the group to create a welcoming hub for team members and volunteers.

Ted Tuthill, Charity Operations Manager at Home-Start South Warwickshire, said: “Home-Start South Warwickshire is a small, local charity and like everybody during the Covid pandemic we really had to make every penny go as far as it possibly could. With the support of NFU Mutual, we have been able to channel the funds that we received into services and supporting families. NFU Mutual’s help in kitting out our office has enabled us to get on with what we do best.”

So far this year, we’ve donated 270 pieces of furniture to local charities and community groups. A further £4,150 has been raised from surplus furniture sales and donated to The Shakespeare Hospice and The Myton Hospices.

Richard Anthony, Senior Workplace Analyst at NFU Mutual, said: “Small charities play an integral role in communities and we are extremely proud to do our bit in supporting their vital work. Our scheme is a well-established part of our waste management programme and it’s great to see our old office furniture receive a new lease of life for a worthy cause.” 

To find out more about our support for Home-Start South Warwickshire, please watch our short film.