Sunderland’s Recycle Boutique charity shop puts out DIY SOS

Anita Heskett-Saddington (left) and Caroline Cumings (correct) of the charity Fiscus in their new premises in Villette Road Sunderland. The charity are appealing for help to get their shop and offices habitable.
Anita Heskett-Saddington (left) and Caroline Cumings (correct) of the charity Fiscus in their new premises in Villette Road Sunderland. The charity are appealing for help to get their shop and offices habitable.
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A SUNDERLAND charity has a new home – and it needs help settling in.

Fiscus charity shop has launched a DIY SOS in a bid to transform its new home in Villette Road, Hendon.

The charity decided to relocate and expand its Recycle Boutique, which was in Stockton Road in the city centre, where it has been selling second-hand clothing for good causes since September 2012.

Now, volunteers need help to decorate and renovate the new shop.

Anita Heskett-Saddington, from Fiscus, said “A couple of local businesses and some of our clients have already offered to help us.

“As a result, this has given us the idea of doing a charity challenge, or DIY SOS, to help us get the new charity shop up and running.

“There is also a large first-floor space that we would like to convert to office space for our staff and volunteers.

“There is a lot of work to do from boarding and plastering walls and ceilings and of course decorating the whole place.

“We have a small budget but it will not go very far as materials and labour costs are very high.”

A qualified painter and decorator has volunteered to help with the re-decoration.

The Flooring Store – which has outlets in Seaham and Durham – is donating and fitting recycled carpets at the new shop and offices.

Grant-funding has also come from The Northern Rock Foundation and a local artist is on board.

The charity hopes the store, at the former Wild Bunch building, will raise vital funds for its support services, through selling on pre-loved furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac, crockery and more. Donations of all sizes have already started to come in and the charity can collect larger items.

Established nearly 10 years ago, Fiscus supports around 2,000 people each year through its free welfare benefit and money advice services. It also has a dedicated advice service for people with disabilities and health problems, including people with autism.

The charity wants to generate much-needed cash for its popular Disability Advice Service, to increase the number of weekly appointments, as demand for the service has proved very high.

l Anyone who can offer DIY skills or donations should call Anita on 07932 392565.