Thanks to the generosity of supportersall over Bristol and the surrounding area, having enough space to store all the furniture donated to us has always been an issue for us at Emmaus Bristol. Six weeks ago, in early August, we took on the lease of a 3,000 sq ft industrial unit in Silverthorne Lane, withthe aim of making this our main storage facility and furniture distribution hub. From now on, all furniture collectionswill go directly to Silverthorne Lane forstorage and sorting, and will then beredistributed to our two retail outlets at Bedminster Parade and Barton Manor.We are already seeing the benefit of the new arrangement, as we can restock our shops much more efficiently and rapidly. We have also freed up a large amount of space at Barton Manor,which can be used for sorting bric abrac – and the clothing that we are now beginning to take for the first time. Our Cycle Department has doubled insize as a result of funding from the Cycling City Fund, which will enable usto offer a local bike hire, repair andservicing facility, run by the Companions for the local community.
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