Council gives NewStarts £20K towards van

By Carl Jackson Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 10:25

A BROMSGROVE charity which supports homeless people and others in desperate need will receive a helping hand itself from the district council.

NewStarts launched an appeal in Septmeber for £25,000 to pay for a new long-wheel base van to replace one of its two collection vehicles, which is old and keeps breaking down.

The charity picks up unwanted furniture and other household items, including computers and food, and gives them for free to those who need them.

Now, two months later, the Sherwood Road service has nearly reached its target, thanks to a donation of up to £20,000 from Bromsgrove District Council.

Councillors unanimously agreed to pledge the amount at the authority’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday (November 6).

NewStarts has seen its demand double in the last year - from delivering to 363 homes between 2009 and 2010 to 746 since last year.

It has made more than 5,000 collections and recycled more than half a million kilogrammes of unwanted furniture in less than three years.

Council leader Roger Hollingworth said: “They are dedicated people, providing an absolutely invaluable service.

“The van is nine years old, dead on its legs and costing a fortune to keep it maintained.

“It breaks down and they can no longer provide the service.

He added providing the bulk of the funds for a new van was ‘well worth it’.

“They are helping people who need it when they need it.”

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