Hospice celebrates 4 year partnership that recycles waste into care

13 Dec 2018 13:41

Hospice celebrates 4 year partnership that recycles waste into care

Katharine House is celebrating a 4 year partnership that has helped to fund the hospice’s day therapies for a whole year. Since 2014 the hospice has been working closely with FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies and Staffordshire County Council, to reduce the environmental impact of waste whilst funding vital care at the hospice.

FCC Environment operates the Household Waste and Recycling sites in Staffordshire on behalf of the council with the aim of recycling as much as possible minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. But many items which are disposed of by the public at the sites in the region are still in perfectly usable condition. Working in partnership with FCC, Katharine House opened a Re-Use shop at Cannock Household Waste Recycling centre in 2014 with both organisations sharing the proceeds of reclaimed items sold there.

In the 4 years since the partnership began, over 227,000 items from TV’s, bicycles, lawnmowers to household bric a brac have been diverted from landfill and sold through the Re-Use Shop. The sales have more than covered the cost of running the Hospice’s Day Therapy Unit for a whole year. This is particularly important as the hospice is celebrating 25 years of the Unit in 2018.

To find out more about the Cannock Re-Use Shop and other Katharine House shops visit

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. The hospice opened its Day Unit in 1993 as the culmination of years of fundraising and tireless dedication from community groups and volunteers – today the hospice could not exist without their strong support and hard work. Katharine House relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 2/3rds of the funds needed to run its range of vital services. Last year alone the hospice provided free care for over 1000 patients and their families.

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