New beginning as charity opens extension

THE EARL of Dalhousie, patron of the Furniture Recycling Project Angus (FRPA), opened the project’s latest extension on Thursday.

The FRPA have now added a third warehouse at their Wardmill Road site in Arbroath which will allow them to double the size of their furniture refurbishing and electrical appliance testing workshops.

It will also release space in its existing salerooms for the display of more furniture.

Chairman of the FRPA Andrew Dawson thanked all those who have given unwanted furniture and appliances to the project.

He said: “Over the last seven years FRPA has collected more than 5,000 items of furniture, thus diverting them from landfill, tested more than 2,500 electrical appliances and handed most of them on to about 2,400 needy Angus Council and local housing association tenants.

“Surplus stock has been sold to defray the project’s expenses.

“Now, with the new refurbishing and testing premises, we shall be able to handle even more.

“The people of Arbroath and region are to be congratulated on the extent to which they have made it possible for FRPA to safeguard the environment and help the less fortunate.”

The Earl of Dalhousie congratulated the FRPA for their “wonderful job in restoring furniture” and wished them well for the future as they go from “strength to strength.”

Mike Weir MP was also in attendance to help celebrate the extension opening.

He said: “It is very good to see the project go from strength to strength.

“It is obviously very good work that the project does in providing good quality low priced furniture to the people who need it most.

“I would like to congratulate the FRPA on it’s success.”

Local councillor Donald Morrison added: “This shows just how important volunteering and community projects are in Angus.”

The FRPA received grants of over £40,000 in 2010 from the Scottish Government to improve its workshops and provide training for young people seeking paid jobs.

They open their two recycled furniture salerooms to the public for five and a half days per week and people on benefits receive a 20 per cent reduction in prices.