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BED GONE IN 7 DAYS & £65 RAISED

 

The latest... we saved a perfectly re-usable bed from landfil, helping the owners recycle a no-longer needed item.

 

Fortunately it was just what the buyer was looking for as his Father-in-law couldn't return home from hospital without this specialist bed.

 

Winging it's way to Leamington Spa this item did a fantastic job raising a £65 donation to Willen Hospice.

 

Success :)

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It perhaps wasn't the wisest choice to take our digital pop-up shop on the road quite so early in the year!

 

However, the elements didn't stop us from visiting 11 different communities in Milton Keynes. Arctic suits may have been preferable to hoodies!

 

The project objective was to visit a majority of low-income areas in MK, to promote our social venture, All Small Things (AST) LTD directly to the sector we serve as our priority concern.

 

We wanted to know by selling predominantly online how effectively are we currently reaching this growing sector?

 

Before the project had actually started - via an MK Smart networking event - we saved a perfectly re-usable bed from landfill, helping the owners recycle a no-longer needed item.

 

Fortunately it was just what the buyer was looking for - saving him a substantial amount as it would have meant paying £900 to buy ‘new’ - and his Father-in-law couldn't return home from hospital without this specialist bed. Winging its way to Leamington Spa this item did a fantastic job raising a £65 donation to Willen Hospice and all within 7 days.

 

Shortly after, we were extremely pleased to report another success of The £ssential Savings project. John kindly offered a washing machine which had been replaced but still worked he hoped it could be used by somebody else in the community and to save it from landfill. Within an hour we'd found a home for it and Mrs H, also from Bletchley was extremely happy.

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Travelling in an electric vehicle was a first, we loved the concept and hope to try out something equally eco but bigger in the future!

 

The tour started in Fishermead and wound-up in the Lakes Estate, it was good to visit the heart of each individual community.

 

It highlighted different issues in areas around the city, fly-tipping in Netherfiled and Fishermead, vandalism in Greenleys and a long-standing hub of community support in the Lakes Estate, The Crosslinks Centre, are to shut-up shop after 14 years at the end of March, it will be missed by residents.

 

The topic of the Regeneration MK project was apparent in pretty much every area we visited.

 

In many places there was a very strong sense of community spirit and pride for their estates, in other places it seemed less so.

 

People overall were keen to support sustainability initiatives and so far in 2 weeks we've recycled more than 300KG of re-usable unwanted items and with help from within the community somebody else in the same community with a need benefited and equally so did our environment, which to us - makes total sense!

People volunteered to help

 

We helped source items for people

 

Some people who were in need of essential items received them from others within the same community

 

We want to do more of the same and be local in your community for people and the environment

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We're extremely pleased to report a first success of The £ssential Savings project happened here in West Bletchley.

 

"John kindly offered a washing machine which had been replaced but still worked, he hoped it could be used by somebody else in the community and to save it from landfill, within an hour we'd found a home for it and Mrs H, also from Bletchley was extremely happy"

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In 2 weeks we recycled 700 KG of unwanted re-usable items and saved them from landfill.

 

Assisted more than 20 members of our communities with a variety of services.

 

We were the only organisation in MK offering to save a specialist essential item from landfill, recycle it and generate a donation to a local charity of the owners choice.

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