Recycle, BBC SOS, Antiques, Furniture, Lottery, Charity, Donate -
A huge THANKS to
Mr Simon Rigby 
Simon comes from a dairy farming family, based close to Lytham on the Fylde Coast of Lancashire. After graduating from Hull University in 1983 with a BSc (Econ), he joined the then Yorkshire Electricity Board, with whom he qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1987. In 1996 he formed Spice plc with 12 employees and one customer, by 2008 Spice turned over 40,000,000 and employed 4,500 staff worldwide and entered the FTSE 250. In 2010 Spice was purchased by Cinven and taken private. Simon then formed Greengen Group..Rigby LLP and recently going ahead with the Guild Hall Preston into becoming a cultural hub from morning till night, 365 days a year and attract visitors not just from the North West but the whole of the United Kingdom.
Thank you Simon !

2016 Thank you so much to Children In Need and the public for supporting us in successfully delivering Asdan Accredited Training to young people aged between 16-18 year olds providing them with new skills.  All students have benefitted greatly from the experience, and many have gone into further education, apprenticeships and employment illustrating a renewed confidence in their abilities.  The knowledge has enriched their lives and given them the opportunity to reach their full potential.  They couldn’t have accomplished this without you!  

PRESS RELEASE September 2015/16
Blackpool recycling team praised for double impact

A Blackpool organisation has been praised for recycling more than 30 tonnes of furniture and helping to train 64 people for the world of work this year.

Furniture upcycling specialist Shabby2Chic now based in Bispham next to the tip on Bristol Avenue was hailed for its work in reducing waste while helping vulnerable people gain skills.
It offers training placements ranging from day sessions to intensive one to one support over several months, tailored to the individual needs of her trainees.
One trainee, Sarah, said her training had been life changing.
She said: “Before I came here I wasn’t in a good place. Sandra and everyone in the team are so supportive and encouraging, there’s such a great atmosphere that I felt really comfortable for the first time in ages – it felt amazing to be so creative and be able to turn a piece of furniture no-one wanted into something really desirable.
“By the time I had finished my course, I had a whole new set of skills and felt like I had loads of options – I’m working towards opening my first business which I otherwise would never have considered.”
Shabby2Chic CIC contributes to Lancashire’s Waste Strategy by rescuing unwanted furniture before it enters the waste stream, preventing expensive landfill.
Dawn Welham, who manages Lancashire CRN on behalf of Lancashire and Blackpool Council said “Shabby2Chic have blazed a trail as one of the Northwest’s first community upcyclers and it’s been great watching them grow from strength to strength over the years.
“It’s always exciting to see what the team are working on, and seeing the real impact they make with people on a personal level.”


With the support of Trusthouse, Shabby2Chic were able to deliver accredited training to the most vulnerable members of society in Blackpool going through difficult circumstances such as homelessness, violence and abuse, unemployment, resulting in social, behavioural and emotional problems.  12 young people were productively supported in gaining knowledge in furniture restoration skills, 1:1 sessions, job preparation, teamwork and engagement in a real work setting. This resulted in all students successfully attaining a qualification, increasing their confidence and provided new opportunities to all and in some cases, life changing for a brighter future.  Shabby2Chic wishes to thank Trusthouse so much and those who support the Foundation.  We couldn’t do our work without such vital support!     




A huge thank you to the
Big Lottery Fund
in supporting our Community Project
2014 / 2015 / 2016








Thank you to The Allen Lane Foundation which was formed in 1966,
Allen Lane Williams was born in Bristol to Camilla (née Lane) and Samuel Williams, and studied at Bristol Grammar School. In 1919 he joined the publishing company Bodley Head as an apprentice to his uncle and founder of the company John Lane.

The Foundation was keen to ensure that its small grants were made with best effect and in the most constructive way. It aimed to make a lasting difference in the lives of the people it helped to support. Over the years, Trustees developed a policy of funding projects which were deemed 'unpopular' in society.

Sandra with Terry Waite
Manchester St Anne's Square
Saturday 8th September 2012
are now working together offering our communities the opportunity  of owning bespoke designer up cycled furniture.
Individually designed by our companions, each learning life changing skills and building confidence and self esteem into becoming designers sharing their skills and more importantly their passion in rescuing furniture that was otherwise heading for our landfills!

The Emmaus North West Partnership are holding a street market in St. Ann’s Square, Manchester on Saturday 8th September from 10am to 5pm. Emmaus Communities from across the North West and further afield will all have stalls selling a wide range of good quality furniture, vintage clothes, collectables, ceramics, kitchenware, books, pictures and a whole lot more. Terry Waite will officially open the market which is intended to raise the profile of Emmaus in the North West and give people the opportunity to see what Emmaus shops have to offer.

Well done EMMAUS