Chair manufacturers stand up for disability charity

Chair manufacturers stand up for disability charity

FURNITURE manufacturer Shackletons showed they do not take their support for a Dewsbury charity sitting down.

Staff showed volunteers from disability group Howlands how they upholster goods – including their famous chairs – at their factory on Weaving Lane.

Howlands, formerly the Howland Centre, run arts and crafts activities for disabled people.

Manager Deborah Hall said: “Upholstering is an activity many of our service users enjoy.

“But we had no access to the right skills until Shackletons offered to help us – and there’s so much more to it than we thought.”

Deborah was taught hand-crafting skills by assistant operations manager Tony Render.

He said: “We had heard about their lack of funding and knew we could make a positive contribution.

“By sharing our knowledge and skills we hope they will be able to put this to good use and start to earn enough money to keep their services going.”

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