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The Lancashire Community Recycling Network (Lancashire CRN) won the award for Best Partnership Project at the National Recycling Awards at The London Hilton on Park Lane.

Eight Furniture Reuse Organisations (FROs) are working alongside Lancashire County Council in a new partnership to address poverty.

Each of the eight FROs are local charities and social enterprises with a dual purpose – to collect and reissue good quality second hand furniture and household goods to people in need, and to provide employment and training opportunities to those furthest from the labour market.

The eight FROs supply good quality second hand furniture, domestic appliances reconditioned by qualified staff and other essential household goods to those in need on a referral basis from Lancashire County Council.

Dawn Welham, Lancashire CRN Coordinator collected the prize from Steve Lee, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Comedian Hal Cruttenden.

Dawn said: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for the award but we knew we ! were up against some fierce competition – to actually win and have our pioneering partnership recognised on a national stage is such a wonderful reward for everyone’s hard work.

“Each FRO has been outstanding and I cannot thank our colleagues at Lancashire County Council enough for giving us this opportunity to develop and deliver the new service together, and for being such a pleasure to work with.”