A Rickmansworth charity that works to refurbish second-hand furniture, clothes and other items to those who need it for a good price is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
9 Lives Furniture, based in Wharf Lane, was set up in 2002 by Pam Handley with the aim of providing help to those in the town and wider area.
The charity re-sells good quality second-hand furniture with a 50 per cent discount for those on benefits, with a delivery and collection service for bulkier items or those who don’t have their own transport.
Profits from the shop are then used to providing training opportunities to those with learning disabilities or recovering from mental health problems, with the fully kitted workshop being used to teach how to repair and upcycle furniture.
More than 500 students these classes, and around 35,000 tonnes of furniture has been donated to the charity through the years, with some strange items littered through their history, including the bath Jade Goody used in the Big Brother house.
Looking to the future, the charity is looking to recruit two new trustees to help guide the charity along and is looking forward to welcoming its 20,000th customer in its 20th anniversary year.
If you’re interested in volunteering, becoming a trustee or just want to find out more about 9 Lives and their work, visit their website at www.9livesfurniture.org.uk