Green award for fur­ni­ture scheme

Macclesfield Express - - INQUEST TOLD CARE HOME STAFF AND GP MISSED OAP’S F -

A FUR­NI­TURE re­use scheme has won a ma­jor green award in recog­ni­tion of the help it gives to fam­i­lies in need.

Last year 13,000 house­holds across the bor­ough and neigh­bour­ing Cheshire West and Ch­ester ben­e­fited from the work of The Cheshire East Fur­ni­ture Re­use Fo­rum (CFRF), which col­lects un­wanted fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances and sells them on at low cost.

Staff and vol­un­teers at the fo­rum col­lected 600 tonnes of items in 2014, and their ef­forts have earned them a pres­ti­gious Green Ap­ple En­vi­ron­ment Award, which will be pre­sented at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Michael Jones said: “The fo­rum is to be con­grat­u­lated on this fan­tas­tic achieve­ment. It is a lit­tle-known or­gan­i­sa­tion that car­ries out a very valu­able ser­vice in our com­mu­ni­ties and should be sup­ported at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

Re­use schemes also re­duce the amount of waste go­ing to land­fill sites and cre­ate em­ploy­ment, volunteering and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The CFRF of­fers a free col­lec­tion ser­vice. For in­for­ma­tion go to cfrf.org. uk or email:naomi@cfrf. org.uk.

●● Coun­cil leader Michael Jones hailed the ‘valu­able ser­vice’

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