High-quality hospice care including family bereavement support, therapy sessions and music therapy are just some of the ways in which donations to the Electricals Re-use Shop have helped local families.
Since its opening in July 2020, the Electrical Re-use Shop has sold over 470 items raising over £20,000 for Dove House Hospice.
With an average selling price of between £45 to £50 per item, every donation has made a big difference to the patients at Dove House Hospice. A sale of one reusable fridge alone will provide a complementary therapy session to help a patient to relax.
And now residents are being asked to continue donating unwanted electrical goods in good condition and working order suitable for reuse for this charitable cause.
The shop has reopened following the closure over lockdown and is now in need of donations including fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, tumble driers, electric ovens and cookers and microwaves.
The shop based in Marfleet Lane, Hull, aims at boosting the reuse of unwanted but good quality domestic appliances after it was discovered that thousands of working fridges, freezers, washing machines, and other large domestic appliances are taken to household waste and recycling centres across Hull and East Riding areas.
Many of these items are suitable for reuse and as a result, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Dove House Hospice, and FCC Environment teamed up to launch the Re-Use Project which specifically targets these items before selling them at competitive prices to raise money for Dove House Hospice.
The shop also offers free collections to residents who wish to donate goods to the charity.
Councillor Rosie Nicola, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Hull City Council, said: “We want to encourage residents to donate their unwanted working white goods for reuse which can now be collected at the doorstep, provided it is working order and passes the PAT test when the staff arrive for collection.
“We hope that this project will reduce the amount of unnecessary waste, give the residents the chance to pick up quality white goods at a competitive price, increase reuse and have a positive impact on the environment.”
Councillor Chris Matthews, the portfolio holder for environment and climate change at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Re-Use shop on Marfleet Lane has been a fantastic success so far and we would continue to encourage any residents with unwanted electrical goods in good working order to take the appliances to a local HWRS or utilise the free collection service.
“This sort of reuse scheme benefits everybody and is environmentally friendly so we hope the residents in both the East Riding and Hull continue to use the service available to them.”
Cassie Hart, FCC Environment Contract Manager for Hull & East Riding said: “We have been a partner in this scheme since the beginning and we have long supported re-use as a business and it’s great to see that waste electricals can be put to good use for such a good cause.
“We would urge residents to continue to donate at this time.”
Unwanted large domestic appliances in good condition and in working order can also be donated at one of the thirteen Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) located in the area
For more information or to arrange a collection email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01482 710 284.