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I have to clear some larger furniture from my mothers flat as it is about to be sold, but I can't find anyone to take it and it's too good just to dump.

Any suggestions? We've tried the hospice that helped mum, a couple of other local charities but none want larger furniture, they will take nothing larger than a side table.
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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Board Guide
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  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    We have a local charity that collects furniture and resells it on cheaply to benefit claimants.

    Google your area and 'furniture scheme'.
  • asajjasajj Forumite
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    Not sure where you are but homeless charities do take them.
    Sue Ryder is another charity that collects if there is any where you are.

    Also : http://www.furnituredonationnetwork.org/
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  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    Thank you everyone- BHF is a charity I support so I have submitted an online request with details of the furniture.

    I'm extremely stressed today though and rather stupidly registered with my address for gift aid purposes- and of course have now had to chase about letting them know that the address for collection that I have requested is elsewhere.

    I'm having a bit of a day to be frank, I hadn't realised just how hard ti is to talk to people about clearing my mothers house. I've done all the small stuff (nearly) but it seems odd to just get rid of her lovely things.
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    That's understandable. /i do volunteer at a charity shop (Cancer Research) we often do receive donations from people who lost their loved ones to cancer and they say, they wouldn't donate them anywhere else.
    A bag of clothes can raise as much as £30 and it means a lot for charities, even a small piece of donation. I lost my mother to cancer and it fills me with hope to see those people's generosity.

    Just think it as a different way of keeping memories alive albeit anonymously.
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    You could always try Freecycle. We had someone offering to take the lot in one go - although we suspected they had a second hand shop or market stall so we declined and gave them away to those more needy.
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    If BHF can't help then imay have to try free cycle, but it is all very difficult as My mums place isn't local and my experience of people actually turning up to collect things on free cycle is not good.

    I realise how lucky I was when I cleared dad's place. The neighbours asked to buy it and the family were lovely. One day they came in and saw me struggling to clear things and the mother told me to just leave it all and they would deal with it, then took me next door and gave me a cup of tea. Dad though was a proper hoarder, like you see on the TV so it had taken me several weeks just to clear the carrier bags and newspapers before I even got to cupboards and furniture. Had a skip delivered twice a week which I filled single handed , ended up throwing several hundred LPs away,a couple of TVs , bedding, curtains the lot. Even when I left the place and walked out for the last time I had barely touched the loft or the third floor and left Ercol and G Plan furniture behind. Mums place is like a show house in comparison, all labelled and neat and tidy - no wonder they were divorced years ago!
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    Feel for you soolin, we used a house clearance service in the end, the couple who run it recycle as much as they can via charity shops etc, they have been brilliant. We went through the house first and disposed of a mountain of wool, plus anything we liked / thought useful / could easily pass on. Then they went in and cleared the rest of the clutter. House looked beautiful.

    They've been in today removing the rest of the furniture. We haven't quite exchanged contracts, but almost ...

    the difficulty for charity shops - even those specialising in furniture - is that people's tastes have changed, and bulky stuff doesn't sell so well.
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