Rerun finds a new home thanks to 50 SquareThursday, 16 February 2017 12:31
A Hull based charity who provide affordable, quality furniture to the local community, have moved into new premises after being evicted from their former home.
Formerly based in the Roebank Arcade, the council sold off Rerun Furniture Service’s premises to a housing developer and in a twist of fate, the charity, which supports homeless people, were faced with the prospect of being homeless themselves.
After the charity had been unable to source a property in Hull that was affordable and feasible, Rerun were facing the very real danger that they would cease to exist. Thankfully, a social enterprise that specialises in finding commercial properties for charities (50 Square) stepped in and negotiated a rent free lease of a property on the busy Princes Avenue.
Through its relationship with a major UK retailer, 50 Square were able to identify a large shopping unit suitable for furniture retail. Over the subsequent three months, 50 Square negotiated a long term lease and didn’t charge for their services.
Despite only moving in on the 5th of February, Rerun have settled into their new home and are enjoying the new passing trade. The Manager at Rerun, Chris Broadley explained: “We’re getting a lot more people wandering through the doors now. It’s great as we can help even more people and support the local community.”
“It was gutting to get the news from the council that we were set to be evicted, but we are bouncing back and this new site could be a real opportunity for us to support even more people.”
The charity has a place in the hearts of the local community as after the floods hit in 2007, Rerun took on a huge role in helping get peoples’ lives back on track. Working with the local council, Rerun provided thousands of local people with thousands of items of furniture, all free of charge, to replace those destroyed by the water. To this day, Rerun still helps people affected by the floods, as standing water is still being discovered to have damaged items, which Rerun help to replace.
Rerun Furniture Services provides an essential service to local residents, providing furniture to over 3,000 people in need in and around Hull, Barton on Humber and East Riding. From supplying mattresses to those who have been homeless, to supporting people on low incomes to get the essential household items, Rerun always looks to help where they can.
If you would like to visit Reruns new premises, you can find them at:
2 Princes Court
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