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Charity needs help to find a new van

Swindon Advertiser: Steve Pickering and Lee Edmeades, of Top Drawer Steve Pickering and Lee Edmeades, of Top Drawer

A CHARITY that helps those on low income furnish their homes is appealing for help to buy a new van.

Top Drawer, based in Walcot, offers furniture at a reduced price as well as providing the basics for those who have been homeless and are moving into new accommodation.

A van is essential as it is needed to move more than 150 tons of furniture a year. However, after years of service the charity’s vehicle is coming to the end of its life.

“It has served us loyally but it is now falling apart,” said Steve Pickering, the team leader of Top Drawer.

“The van is vital to everything we do. It is not only important in terms of dropping off furniture but we need it to pick up the items that have been donated.”

It is going to cost £12,000 to buy a new van so the charity is looking for ways to raise the money or a local business to work with.

“We are desperate so are looking for any help we can get,” Steve said. “We would happily work with a local business to set up a sponsorship deal. Our van drives all over the region so we are very visible.” The furniture provided by Top Drawer, which works alongside Swindon Council, is vital in helping people who have nothing get back on their feet.

“It can be a traumatic experience for people who have been given accommodation but have nothing to fill it,” said Steve. “We had one example just before Christmas of an elderly gentleman who had been homeless for a number of years and had found somewhere to live.

“However, when we went round to help he had nothing, not even cutlery.”

The charity relies on donations to survive. It is are able to find a home for good quality items that may otherwise be thrown away.

Often the furniture it receives is being given back to them from someone who needed the charity in the past.

“One woman gave us furniture. When we went to collect it she thanked us for saving her life when we helped her out first,” said Steve.

Top Drawer is staffed by volunteers and works with the Job Centre to provide work experience for those out of work. It also works with other charities to provide unpaid work to victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health issues.

To donate to Top Drawer or help with sponsorship call 01793 536613.

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10:54pm Fri 15 Mar 13

RICHARDPIKE says...

Get lost they are a crap outfit and dont deserve a new van.
Get lost they are a crap outfit and dont deserve a new van. RICHARDPIKE
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11:34pm Fri 15 Mar 13

moonraker says...

RICHARDPIKE says...
10:54pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Get lost they are a crap outfit and dont deserve a new van.”

Richard - you must have good reasons for writing this comment - what are they?
RICHARDPIKE says... 10:54pm Fri 15 Mar 13 Get lost they are a crap outfit and dont deserve a new van.” Richard - you must have good reasons for writing this comment - what are they? moonraker
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9:42am Sat 16 Mar 13

notappreciated says...

I bought 3 white items from a charity unit on swindon industrial estate which has now closed - 2 items useless (not working now) soon after purchase- saw person (by accident) who delivered items who told me i was scammed - 2 beds delivered free by another charity ( not company in article) had broken springs - no respect for property as damaged a door when 'dumped' said items - NO RESPECT - bought a table from charity shop which was overpriced (I only noticed damage when I got home)
I bought 3 white items from a charity unit on swindon industrial estate which has now closed - 2 items useless (not working now) soon after purchase- saw person (by accident) who delivered items who told me i was scammed - 2 beds delivered free by another charity ( not company in article) had broken springs - no respect for property as damaged a door when 'dumped' said items - NO RESPECT - bought a table from charity shop which was overpriced (I only noticed damage when I got home) notappreciated
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4:38pm Sat 16 Mar 13

dglaholm says...

How much profit do this ''charity'' make out of selling furniture to poor people??
I am led to believe its in the region of SEVENTY Thousand pounds....Question to them ''Is this true''
or false....
How much profit do this ''charity'' make out of selling furniture to poor people?? I am led to believe its in the region of SEVENTY Thousand pounds....Question to them ''Is this true'' or false.... dglaholm
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6:41pm Sat 16 Mar 13

house on the hill says...

I don't think I have ever seen a poor charity worker, maybe they would like to use their own money to help the people they say they care about. And I mean real money not jut a token. The same as Red Nose Day with obscenely wealthy celebrities telling us to put our hands in our pockets while they live in mansions and yachts and sports cars. Sadly everything is about money these days and real caring doesn't exist.
I don't think I have ever seen a poor charity worker, maybe they would like to use their own money to help the people they say they care about. And I mean real money not jut a token. The same as Red Nose Day with obscenely wealthy celebrities telling us to put our hands in our pockets while they live in mansions and yachts and sports cars. Sadly everything is about money these days and real caring doesn't exist. house on the hill
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7:51pm Sat 16 Mar 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@HOTH

Totally agree on comic relief, it would be interesting to add up the cumulative wealth of all those celebrities who take part and see how it compares to the monies raised. I've also wondered how much money (and whose) is spent creating all the videos of the celebrities in Africa highlighting the plight of some of the children etc.
@HOTH Totally agree on comic relief, it would be interesting to add up the cumulative wealth of all those celebrities who take part and see how it compares to the monies raised. I've also wondered how much money (and whose) is spent creating all the videos of the celebrities in Africa highlighting the plight of some of the children etc. LordAshOfTheBrake
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8:15pm Sat 16 Mar 13

timt1964 says...

they must have known for a while the van will need replacing,why not plan for the future like we all have to.not a good way to run a charity/business.i need a new car,can the adver run a story about that?! surely they dont have to spend £12k on a van.
they must have known for a while the van will need replacing,why not plan for the future like we all have to.not a good way to run a charity/business.i need a new car,can the adver run a story about that?! surely they dont have to spend £12k on a van. timt1964
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8:58pm Sat 16 Mar 13

Davey Gravey says...

What a bunch of morons above. How a convicted kerb crawler can slate others ill never know. Good luck to the Charity and hope they get the money.
What a bunch of morons above. How a convicted kerb crawler can slate others ill never know. Good luck to the Charity and hope they get the money. Davey Gravey
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12:26pm Sun 17 Mar 13

Forgetmenot says...

Completely agree with the morons comment.

These posters must have sad lives, to whinge and display such bitterness towards a charity.

Good luck Top Drawer, I hope you get your van!
Completely agree with the morons comment. These posters must have sad lives, to whinge and display such bitterness towards a charity. Good luck Top Drawer, I hope you get your van! Forgetmenot
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3:36pm Sun 17 Mar 13

house on the hill says...

I can assure you I dont have a sad life, I have a wonderful wife a great job which is very hard work but I love it and a very positive outlook on life. Sadly most charities are not what they seem nor are the people running. You just need to take your rose tinted specs off and look at the real world.
I can assure you I dont have a sad life, I have a wonderful wife a great job which is very hard work but I love it and a very positive outlook on life. Sadly most charities are not what they seem nor are the people running. You just need to take your rose tinted specs off and look at the real world. house on the hill
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