Rowcroft receives new gates thanks to generous donation

10 October 2016

Rowcroft Hospice’s Furniture Outlet in Teignmouth Road, Torquay, has received new gates thanks to a generous donation from local company, Gates and Fences UK.

The hospice hopes the new gates will prevent the fly-tipping of unsaleable goods outside its Teignmouth Road premises.

Fly-tipping is an on-going problem that has added significant costs to Rowcroft's retail business, as though the hospice is a charity it must still pay commercial tipping charges.

Manager of Rowcroft’s Teignmouth Road Furniture Outlet, Matthew Hazlitt-Coles, explains: “We are incredibly grateful to all those who donate stock to us but unfortunately we have experienced a problem with people leaving unsellable or badly damaged goods outside our Teignmouth Road shop overnight, which then costs us to dispose.

“We were looking for some new gates to help prevent this problem and were really pleased when Gates and Fences UK said they would donate them to us free of charge.

“We hope the gates will stop people from fly tipping, but also prevent people from leaving donations for us overnight, as these can get damaged by rain, making them unsellable.”

The new gates are metal and powder coated to prevent rusting, with a retail value of £2500.

Jayne Back, from Gates and Fences UK, said: “We are a local, family run business and have helped out several charities in the area.

“We know how important the work is that Rowcroft does for those in South Devon and because of this we did not want them to spend vital funds on a set of gates, so we decided to donate the gates they wanted.

“We hope they are pleased with them, as we pride ourselves on the quality and standard of our gates; every single one is made from scratch, by hand, by skilled fabricators, and we are exceptionally proud of them."

Donations such as Gates and Fences UK are known as gifts-in-kind and are of vital importance to Rowcroft.

Head of Retail at Rowcroft, Caroline Wannell, explains: “Gifts in kind save us vital costs so that more of our money can go back into caring for people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Gates and Fences UK for their incredibly generous donation and also invite other local companies who might want to help us to offset similar costs to get in touch.”

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