One man’s junk is another man’s treasure as Janet Nuttall knows all too well.
For 15 years Janet has managed the warehouse at Gift 92, a Preston-based furniture reuse charity, which saves tonnes of household goods from going to landfill and provides furniture for families in the city.
Now Janet’s work has been recognised as she has been presented with a Red Rose Resource Award, which recognises outstanding new projects, enterprises and partnerships – and also unsung heroes.
During 2012, 1,548 collections of furniture were made from the public, resulting in almost 89 tonnes of reusable furniture and household items being saved from landfill. Instead, these essential items were supplied to 819 vulnerable and disadvantaged people through 494 referrals.
Gift 92 Chairman Peter Metcalf nominated Janet, commenting: “I cannot speak too highly of her commitment to the charity and to aiding needy people; her role is very demanding requiring much patience and tolerance. She is an extraordinary and inspirational lady, and has never had public recognition for her efforts, but instrumental in making a huge difference to the lives of others.
Janet was awarded a £250 cash prize sponsored by Advantage Waste Brokers which she has donated to Gift 92.
Business Development Manager Dave Allen said: “The scoring panel was struck by what an impact Janet will have had over 15 years at GIFT 92, and how she will have directly supported thousands of local people in real need. So, congratulations to Janet, this award is very well deserved.”