Free sofas for needy people

By GEM Staff Reporter in Charity

Place For Homes at Llandow is celebrating 50 years of trading by giving away sofas to needy people in the Vale.

Just before Christmas, Rhian Francis, managing director, was alerted to rising homelessness in the area, and decided that Place for Homes would like to help. More than 15 sets of sofas and chairs were identified to give away to those who needed them most.

“The idea initially was that this would happen before Christmas, in order to help those most in need, at a time which can prove very difficult,” a spokesperson explained.

“We contacted the housing department at the Vale of Glamorgan Council who were delighted with the proposition and shocked that brand new quality sofas and chairs were going to be given free.

“Coun Bronwyn Brookes, the councillor in charge of housing, explained the need that was on our doorstep, and the number of people that were rehomed by the council but had no furniture at all.”

Coun Brookes went to the store in January and was told that the sofas and chairs on offer were new, met all relevant fire regulations, and would have each retailed at more than £1,500.

“The sofas are being delivered free by delivery teams from next week, and discussions have already begun to provide dining, beds and bedroom furniture to those in need,’ the spokesperson added.

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