Phoenix furniture charity fighting on

Jayne Hackett, manager of Phoenix Furniture, with volunteers Brian Spain, Jimmy Toner and Richard Jackson and warehouse supervisor Simon Hackett
Jayne Hackett, manager of Phoenix Furniture, with volunteers Brian Spain, Jimmy Toner and Richard Jackson and warehouse supervisor Simon Hackett

A Kettering-based charity which has been helping furnish homes in the town for more than a decade says it is determined to continue despite losing out on a council grant.

Phoenix Furniture, off Alexandra Street, provides low-cost furniture to people on a low income. The furniture they re-sell from their warehouse space has been donated.

Shortly before Christmas, the charity found out it was missing out on a £20,000-a-year grant from Kettering Council.

Despite the setback, Jayne Hackett, who is manager of the charity, said: “We are very positive about the future.

“We are still making money from selling furniture and we have some cash reserves.”

Apart from being able to provide furniture to people on low incomes, Jayne said the charity also helps keep more than 100,000kg of waste out of landfill every year.

She added: “The main message is that we are still here and we will continue.

“We are looking at alternative ways of getting grant money together.”

The charity is currently run by a team of 10 volunteers, although Jayne said dozens of volunteers have passed through its doors since it was founded.

Some of those, she said, have found confidence from volunteering with Phoenix to go on and find full-time work or study for degrees.