Around £5,000 worth of building materials has been donated to Liverpool charity Housing People Building Communities (HPBC) by the DIY retailer Wickes.
The organisation is making use of many of the supplies at its 32-home Toxteth development off Kingsley Road and will sell larger items online to raise funds for further developments.
The new affordable homes for sale are currently being built in Toxteth using volunteer labour and donations of money, materials and gifts in kind, while home partners who will eventually live in the properties give 500 hours of their time on site in return for a £10,000 discount in an initiative known as ‘sweat equity’.
This latest donation from Wickes included new items from its distribution centre in Wakefield which had been used or unpackaged at the retailer’s annual conference and could not be re-sold.
Goods which could be used on the scheme included tools, painting supplies and safety wear, while items such as decking, laminate flooring and kitchen units will be sold via the charity’s Goods2go ebay store.
Matthew Gaunt, head of brand communications for Wickes, says: “We were thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to supply materials to HPBC.
“It’s great to be able to help raise awareness for the work that is being carried out by hard-working volunteers to provide affordable homes to those who need them most.”
With HPBC currently approaching the end of the Kingsley Road development and looking for further affordable housing opportunities, Liza Parry, the charity’s chief executive, says: “It was an extremely generous donation and everything will either be used on site or sold to raise funds so we can continue building. For example, students from Hugh Baird College in Bootle have used tile adhesive and grout to finish off the bathrooms in some of our final homes.
“We’re hugely grateful to Wickes for its support – the donation will save us an awful lot of money.”