Wednesday, 2 June 2010

At the Heart of Going Green

I have had some larger items to donate to charity shops recently. It's not easy to do so, there are double yellow lines outside all the Ramsgate ones, or the shops are in pedestrianised streets. This means awkward carrying or having someone sit in the car on gthe yellow lines, whilst one of you tries to carry the furniture in, when you really need two people to carry larger or bulkier items.

You run the risk of being exposed as breaking the law like Thanet District Conservative Cllr. Roger Latchford was recently. He parked his car on double yellow lines when he was delivering an addition to Birchington's Christmas lights. I was sorry to see him condemned for his act of kindness. It was disappointing that there was nobody who wanted to help him in the Birchington community, but his explanation should have been greeted more sympathetically than it was.

A friend recently told me of a way to avoid the problem of difficult delivery of large items, which also works for those without access to a car. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) offer a free collection service for furniture and electrical items. They will also pick up other items when collecting the furniture or electrical item. Click here to go to their form. You need to be within 15 miles of the BHF's Margate shop, or one of their other furniture and electrical stores which are listed here. Congratulations to the BHF for helping us all go green as they resell our unwanted items.


  1. Thanks for posting such a helpful comment for us.

    The BHF is striving to be as environmentally friendly as possible, you might be interested to know that we are the charity partner for Recycle Week 2010 (

    We are looking forward to working with lots of local authorities to promote recycling and re-use, and hoping to get lots of donations of unwanted small electricals to re-sell in our F&E stores.

    You can email me at if you need anything too.

    Thanks again and great blog!