Sunderland charity furniture store extends help for struggling families

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A LONG-RUNNING furniture charity has set up a new city centre base in a bid to help struggling families save money.

Sunderland’s Mayor, Coun Bob Heron, officially opened the venture by Community Sustainability Services (CSS) – formerly Sunderland Community Services.

The showroom, in Holmeside, sells on low-cost furniture which is sourced and restored locally.

Coun Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The store fits in very well due to people struggling with the cost of living, which is increasing in demand on places like this.”

The charity was set up nearly 20 years ago and already has bases in Southwick and Thorney Close.

It aims to stop people from taking out costly loans to buy furniture and keep bulky waste away from landfill.

Tony Lawson, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Our aim is to ensure that the people of Sunderland, many of whom have been disadvantaged by the current economic climate, have access to decent affordable furniture, without having to resort to money lenders or high-interest loans.

“By donating or purchasing from us, you are helping to fund and support this highly-valued project, which provides a wide range of opportunities and services to the community of Sunderland.”