Surrey charities set to benefit from new funding scheme from re-use shops

Four Surrey-based charities are set to benefit from a windfall, thanks to Revive re-use shop customers, Surrey County Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

The Revive shop charity scheme sees a portion of money raised from the four shops across Surrey donated to local charities chosen by customers.

The first four charities to benefit from the scheme are The Children’s Trust, Wildlife Aid, Woking Hospice and Age UK, with each charity receiving £440.07.

Surrey charity donation - Mike Goodman - Jayne Cooper

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “It’s great to see local charities benefiting from this scheme. The Revive re-use shops are a fantastic way of reducing our waste and as a thank you to the local communities who support us, we are delighted to be giving something back to the charities they have chosen.

“The re-use shops have so many benefits – not only do they raise funds for Surrey charities, they help people find furniture and household items at greatly reduced prices while also helping us meet the cost of running our community recycling centres.”

A spokesperson from Woking and Sam Beares Hospice said, “We are delighted that the local public have kindly taken the time to vote for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices as their Revive re-use shop charity for this quarter. This £440 donation will help to fund vital care in the community, paying for 8 hours of nursing care for a patient in their own home. As a charity, for every £5 of cost we have to fundraise £4, so having the support of local businesses like Revive/SUEZ is fantastic and we are extremely thankful.”

The Revive reuse shops, operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK on behalf of Surrey County Council, reclaim unwanted but usable items taken to the county’s community recycling centres and sell them to members of the public. They are a great place to find your next upcycling project or quirky home decoration, selling everything from antique furniture, books and DVDs, to garden tools, bicycles and televisions. The shops help to reduce waste and raise revenue to support the service.

The Revive charity scheme is run on a quarterly basis and the charities to benefit are chosen by members of the public. You can nominate your favourite charity by completing a form with the charities’ details and placing it the box in your nearest Revive shop. The Revive shops are based at the Redhill, Leatherhead, Witley and Woking community recycling centres.

More information about the shops and the charity scheme can be found on the Surrey website.