A new partnership between re3 and Sue Ryder has helped raise valuable funds for people in need of care, thanks to donations made by residents
re3 is a waste and resource partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils, and Waste Recycling Group (WRG).
Over 6,000kg (six tonnes) of reusable itmes have been collected to date and passed on for sale. Initial estimates are that the sale of these items could provide up to £6,000 in this quarter for the charity, which in turn help them continue to make a real difference to the quality of people's lives.
Since March this year, household goods brought to household waste recycling centres at Smallmead, Reading, and Longshot Lane, Bracknell, by local residents have been checked over and then distributed for sale via a network of ten Sue Ryder Shops across Berkshire.
Sandy Lunn, the Retail Business Manager for Berkshire at Sue Ryder, explained that £300 covers the daily cost of running a hospice bed and £750 pays for the equipment to help a cancer patient manage their pain. She added: "We're delighted that re3 has chosen to support Sue Ryder in this way. To raise £6,000 in just three months is incredible; it enables us to provide expert care when and where it's most needed."
Cllr Dorothy Hayes, chairman of re3 and Executive Member for Environment at Bracknell Forest Council, said: "This initiative has proved a great success and it is fantastic that our residents can make a difference to other people's lives with household items they no longer need going to good use and this also helps the environment at the same time."
For more information on Sue Ryder and to donate unwanted items to the charity's shops visit your local Sue Ryder shop (of which there are ten in Berkshire) or www.suerydercare.org