Greenwich council has partnered up with the local hospice to stop old toys being thrown away.

Together with Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, RePurpose, a new shop with all proceeds going directly to the important work that the hospice carries out, was officially opened on June 7.

The event was attended by the new Mayor of Greenwich, Mick Hayes, as well as Cllr David Gardner.

They were treated to a demonstration by colleagues from the Hospice, who showed them how they make items look good as new, ready for resale.

Greenwich and Bexley Hospice is a rent-free building, provided by the Council.

The new shop, behind the Reuse and Recycling Centre in Nathan Way, is the perfect place to refurbish, clean and fix items so that they can either be sold on site or at one of the Hospice’s many shops.

Cllr David Gardner, said:“The Council is committed to working with our residents, businesses and community groups to increase the amount of recycling taking place within the borough and reduce the amount of waste we produce too. This is a fantastic scheme to do both - fixing and refurbishing items that would have otherwise been thrown away.

“Too often, household goods are not made to last, but to be thrown away when they break down. With the climate emergency, it is really important that we find new ways to help people save our planet’s resources and to mend, restore, reuse and repurpose”

“I would like to thank everyone from Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and council officers who have been working incredibly hard to transform the disused space and we’re very pleased with how it looks.”

RePurpose is open Monday to Friday, between 9.30am and 4.30pm, and one-hour free parking is available outside.