Spalding youth charity is to expand by opening furniture store

The Lighthouse Project shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, where 'outside are Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The Lighthouse Project shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, where 'outside are Carly Elmer, Anna Bevan, Jenny Tedbury, Katrina Mandell and Brook O'Leary. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Spalding-based youth charity helping teenage mothers and young people with “life-controlling issues” is entering the furniture market.

Plans by The Lighthouse Project to open a store for recycled furniture in Spalding were passed by South Holland District Council at the end of November and the charity is hoping to open for business as soon as possible.

Broadgate Homes were very helpful in offering us a vacant office suite where we can sell the furniture at a reasonable cost

Jenny Tedbury, executive director of The Lighthouse Project

The store will be based at Broadgate House in Westlode Street where donations of unwanted furniture will be welcome by the charity whose volunteers can also collect items from people’s homes.

Executive director Jenny Tedbury said: “We have a home for young mums and babies, another house for homeless young people with complex needs and a third home for young women with life-controlling issues.

“The Lighthouse Project opened a shop last December and we were getting a lot of stuff coming our way, including furniture.

“But the shop wasn’t big enough to show people the furniture and so Broadgate Homes, whose staff put in the planning application for us, were very helpful in offering us a vacant office suite where we can sell the furniture at a reasonable cost.”

Proceeds from the furniture store and The Lighthouse Project’s shop in Sheep Market, Spalding, goes towards supporting the charity’s work in turning the lives of young people in its care around.

Jenny said: “When we opened the shop, I thought about having a furniture place as well where we can help people who just want to get rid of their stuff and reduce the amount going to landfill sites at same time.

“We’ll try and work with people by collecting their unwanted furniture from anywhere in South Holland and our volunteers are all very excited about it.”

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