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Paul Smith Moves On From the Furniture Re-Use Network

Bob Whitehead, Chair of the FRN, has announced that CEO Paul Smith is leaving the organisation on 30 October, to pursue a range of new opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors - not least, as a parliamentary candidate, to concentrate on his preparations for the next General Election.

Mr Smith has been CEO of the leading re-use organisation in the community waste sector since September 2005. He has built up its membership substantially and increased both its profile and its influence. In reflecting on his departure, Mr Smith says 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with the FRN and have been inspired by the commitment and mission of the membership. I will continue to fly the flag for re-use and the sector into the future'.

Big Womble Raffle Attracts Celebrity Prizes

Debbie Harry and Barbara Windsor are among the celebrities who have offered items from their own home to support charities assisting Britain’s poorest people. A raffle of unique celebrity items is the highlight of the Big Womble, a campaign to promote the social and environmental impact that reuse can have.

400 reuse charities around the UK help people on low incomes to find affordable furniture, electrical appliances and other household items. By collecting donations and reusing items that would otherwise go to landfill, these organisations help the environment and help their local communities. The Big Womble has been organised by their national body, The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN), to raise awareness of this work.

Organisations across the country will be running local events to highlight the value of donating furniture and other household items as a way of alleviating material poverty. The focus of this is a raffle of items donated by celebrities, and tickets are being sold at charity shops and reuse charities UK wide. By holding a raffle rather than an auction, the FRN hopes that more people will have an opportunity to win.

Paul Smith, Chief Executive of the FRN said:

“We are excited that celebrities have seen the value of what we do and are supporting the reuse sector with donations of prizes. Money raised will go to supporting the work the FRN and its members do to reduce poverty in Britain”.

The date of the Big Womble is 20th February 2009

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