Furniture charity scoops top award

Volunteers Gordon Kelly, Andrew Harwood, Paul Bannister, Steven Bradshaw, Ian Gill, Dave Royal, Paul Rigge'Front Row: Derek Cutler. Mark Clegg, Terry Lennon

Volunteers Gordon Kelly, Andrew Harwood, Paul Bannister, Steven Bradshaw, Ian Gill, Dave Royal, Paul Rigge'Front Row: Derek Cutler. Mark Clegg, Terry Lennon

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A Burnley charity which recycles furniture to help disadvantaged families is now sitting comfortably on a top award.

Open Door Furniture Recycling, based in Briercliffe, took the Best Community Enterprise in Lancashire award at the Red Rose Resource Awards Ceremony, as well as £1,000 from sponsor Saica Natur.

Open Door is delivering real change and we are delighted to invest in its work. It has provided the community with a consistent source of practical support

Andrew Williams

Open Door Furniture Recycling has been operating for 16 years collecting and redistributing donated furniture, appliances and household goods in Burnley and Pendle.

It has helped more than 20,000 disadvantaged households across the boroughs, many of whom are referred through local agencies for support.

This has made a huge environmental impact, saving 2,000 tons of these re-useable items from landfill.

The charity has also given work experience placements with training to nearly 600 unemployed people and provided 300 volunteers with training and mentoring. The charity has helped 120 people find employment as a direct result of placements.

Mark Clegg, project co-ordinator for Open Door, said: “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the service that our staff and volunteers have provided to the community for all these years.”

Andrew Williams, who presented the award on behalf of Saica Natur, said: “Open Door is delivering real change and we are delighted to invest in its work. It has provided the community with a consistent source of practical support.”