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Furniture donation makes it home sweet home

A spring clean by a Staffordshire housing association is helping low income families in need of furniture set up home.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has donated used-furniture from its showhomes to Stafford Furniture Exchange.

Items including sofas, chairs, tables and other household furniture will be sold through the Furniture Exchange shop at Sash Street, Stafford, to help local people on low incomes in need of furniture for their homes.

Other items such as candles, rugs, mirrors, pictures and ornaments will be given to people in desperate need of household items, who the Exchange helps through a Crisis Fund.

Nick Malyon, operations coordinator at the Furniture Exchange, said: “We help people in dire straights through the Crisis Fund, which comes from Stafford County Council. This is to help people who are moving into flats or homes with nothing. They couldn’t afford to buy these kinds of items but they will bring some brightness and make their new place feel like home.

“We are overwhelmed with the donation from SSHA. This will go a long way to help people who have very little.”

SSHA, which manages up to 6,000 homes across South Staffordshire, signposts residents who are struggling to furnish their homes to the Furniture Exchange to buy affordable household items.

Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, said: “We know that times are hard for many people, even more so with the impact of benefit changes. We know that some people moving into properties have nothing so the Furniture Exchange is a vital support to people who need the basics to furnish their home.

“We are pleased that the furniture we no longer need for our showhomes is going on to another home and being put to good use.”