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Lianne delivers the goods online with new Crowland-based gifting group




Lianne Spillman has launched a new online gifting group which is now spreading beyond Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-032TW
Lianne Spillman has launched a new online gifting group which is now spreading beyond Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-032TW

A mother-of-one from Shepeau Stow has seen her idea of an online gift exchange service take off in popularity.

Lianne Spillman, a travel agent in Crowland, launched her gifting group in the town last week.

But already people from Cowbit, the Deepings, Holbeach, Spalding and Weston Hills have joined the group which allows subscribers to give unwanted house hold items away for free.

Lianne said: "I'd seen a couple of gifting groups before so I said to my husband 'Wouldn't it be good if we had something like this in our community?'

"With my husband's support, I started the group and within a few days, at least 150 people have joined.

"Items have been gifted by ten to 15 people and these have already been collected, with people getting in contact with others who may not have done so before."

Lianne, who moved to Lincolnshire from Essex nearly ten years ago, started the gifting group as a way of helping her community, especially families struggling to make ends meet.

Lianne Spillman is behind the new Crowland Gifting Group which allows people to give away unwanted household items and goods for free. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-033TW
Lianne Spillman is behind the new Crowland Gifting Group which allows people to give away unwanted household items and goods for free. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-033TW

But the group also has social and environmental benefits, with unwanted items being given away, instead of ending up at landfill sites or as fly-tipping.

Lianne said: "I've set up a page on social media site Facebook for people to be able to gift items to others in their community.

"It's a non-profit group so items gifted can't be sold, although they have to be fit for purpose, in good working order and not dangerous.

"Anything that people have at home and are no longer used, items in boxes that have never been taken out of them and might otherwise be thrown away.

"It's a good, social thing because I've met and chatted to a couple of people who I was lucky to get items off but would otherwise never have met before."

Goods are listed for 24 hours and each person who asks for it is allocated a "random number" for a draw to be made, with the "winning number" matched to the person wanting the item.

Lianne said: "We've had cookbooks, children's toys, lampshades, clothes, cooking utensils and other household items offered so far.

Lianne Spillman has launched a new online gifting group which is now spreading beyond Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-034TW
Lianne Spillman has launched a new online gifting group which is now spreading beyond Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290818-034TW

"There are a lot of people in the group who are single parents, while a couple of members have said they would struggle to take their items to a charity shop because of work.

"But the gifting group has allowed them to have the freedom to give things away in their own time.

"When I started the group, I was worried that no one would use it or people would think it was something a bit strange.

"But the community has really supported it and, hopefully. more areas will get involved."



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