A CHARITY which puts donated reused furniture to good use has been helping a Stow-on-the-Wold man with severe mobility issues.

Garth Caine has spina bifida and a prosthetic left leg and was made homeless after his landlord sold the property where he was living.

The 70-year-old was sent to live in a hostel in Bristol until Bromford Housing association stepped in to provide him with a bungalow suitable for his needs.

As the bungalow was unfurnished Bromford contacted Roundabout in Blackminster, which reuses donated furniture items in order to help those in need.

Roundabout who have been operating across South Worcestershire, the North Cotswolds and West Warwickshire for the past 22 years rely entirely on the generosity of the public in these areas to donate surplus furniture items.

The charity has stepped in by supplying numerous furniture items in order to make the property habitable.

Mr Caine said: "I am ecstatic, the Roundabout delivery guys were absolutely brilliant and so helpful as they had to carry the furniture quite a distance from their van to my bungalow.

"I am very pleased to support Roundabout in their quest to increase the volume of furniture donations from the North Cotswolds area which will ultimately benefit others in the same position as me."

Roundabout assists individuals and families in financial need through a referral process providing them with free furniture items except for a small administration charge.

Referral requests come from variety of organisations including Social Services, NHS, Housing Associations and Citizens Advice.

Mr Caine was referred to Roundabout by Ann Lattimore who is Bromford’s Neighbourhood Coach.

"Having the right home gives people the springboard to success, but a home without furniture is not a home," she said.

"I was delighted that I was able to refer Garth to Roundabout to help him get the furniture he needed to ensure his bungalow is a real home.

"This would not have been possible without the generous donations of pre-loved furniture from people across the North Cotswolds and I urge anyone who is getting rid of their furniture to consider donating it to Roundabout.”

Roundabout manager Peter Andrews added: "Roundabout is a unique local organisation.

"We have a small staff team and approximately 50 wonderful volunteers who help us to achieve our charitable objectives."

The charity is always looking to increase the number of furniture donations in all of the areas. To donate furniture items, to discuss a furniture referral or register as a referral agent call 01386 833030 or visit roundaboutevesham.org.uk.