‘Trash’ proves to be a fund-raiser

Coun Chris Wright with Mayoress Coun Maxine Callow and Mayor Coun Peter Callow receiving a donation from the recycling shop at Bispham tip.
Coun Chris Wright with Mayoress Coun Maxine Callow and Mayor Coun Peter Callow receiving a donation from the recycling shop at Bispham tip.
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Goods given a new lease of life after being taken to the tip have helped raise £10,000 for charity.

The donation has been made by Blackpool Council from revenue raised at its Tip Shop at Bristol Avenue in Bispham.

Every year the council hands over £10,000 to the Mayor’s charity from the shop which sells second hand goods at knockdown prices.

The donation to this year’s charity, the Carers Trust, was accepted by Blackpool Mayor Coun Peter Callow and Mayoress Coun Maxine Callow.

The Tip Shop was inspired by council staff back in 2013, who were shocked at the amount of usable items being disposed of.

Now, everything from books and board games to DVD’s and desks are sold at the shop as well as electrical items such as dishwashers, computers and tumble dryers.

Coun Peter Callow, said: “I’m overwhelmed by this donation which will make a huge difference to the Carers Trust.

“They do a wonderful job supporting thousands of unpaid carers across the Fylde coast every year and I know that they will be over the moon to receive this money.

“As well as thanking the council, I would also like to thank everybody who has bought something at the re-use shop and helped to contribute to this welcome donation.”

Coun Christine Wright, cabinet member responsible for the Tip Shop, said: “Not only does the Tip Shop look after the environment by saving items from landfill, but it also generates money that can then be used locally.

“As well as using that money to help keep the tip open, I’m delighted we’re able to continually make this gesture to the Mayor’s charity.”

The Tip Shop is open every day except Thursday from 10am to 3.45pm.