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Lincolnshire furniture charity in appeal for volunteer van drivers

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

VOLUNTEER DRIVE: More volunteers are needed to join the team at the Furnichurch warehouse in Winthorpe, particularly volunteer drivers. Pictured from left are volunteer June Wilson, manager Michael Collins and volunteer and trustee Brian Williams.

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A VALUED service providing good quality furniture to people is in need of more volunteers to join their team.

Furnichurch, based at Winthorpe Methodist church, is a registered charity that provides good quality furniture to people in need along the east coast.

The charity started in Mablethorpe and expanded to Winthorpe in 2011.

Volunteers are particularly needed to drive the Furnichurch van to make deliveries and free collections.

Manager Michael Collins said: "Our last volunteer was able to get employment in a driving job and his experience of driving for Furnichurch helped him. It was great for us that we've helped him get a job. The problem now is that because we need new volunteer drivers, we are unable to fulfil our opening hours as we are having to make deliveries and collections.

"Furnichurch is about supporting local people, not just people in need but open to anyone who wants good quality recycled furniture. We would like people to think of donating their unwanted furniture to us to help benefit others."

They are always in need of beds, chest of drawers and settees and as well as the coast, they go to Boston, Spilsby and Horncastle.

The charity works with partner organisations such as East Lindsey's housing support team, housing associations and mental health teams to provide emergency furniture to people, including those who have no basic furniture and are sleeping on the floor.

They also work in partnership with the job centre and Lincolnshire CVS to recruit volunteers.

Brian Williams has been volunteering for Furnichurch for four years and is now a trustee.

He said: "I work here for the satisfaction. You go home at the end of the day knowing that you have helped somebody."

As well as volunteer drivers, Furnichuch will also welcome volunteers to help in the warehouse.

June Wilson enjoys volunteering at Furnichurch so much, she works seasonally and volunteers in the warehouse during the closed season.

She said: "I could not believe the extent of people who did not have any furniture in this day and age. It really could happen to anybody. One bad circumstance can change everything.

"You get a lot of satisfaction from volunteering, I enjoy it so much."

One person who has been helped by Furnichurch was provided with basic furniture when he moved into his flat.

He said: "The furniture was all delivered ready for when I moved in. It is very good quality and I really am very appreciative to Furnichurch. "

If you would like to volunteer as a driver or in any other way, call Furnichurch on 01754 763046 or 07541 125670

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