From Waste to Retail

Posted on: September 3rd, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we are the new owners of Humber Wood Recycling Project (HWRP). Dove House has taken over HWRP in a move which will allow us to reduce wood waste whilst also generating vital new funds to help more patients and their families at the end of life. Founded in 2013 by Bob Bunce, HWRP is a social enterprise which seeks to reduce wood waste, create meaningful employment and volunteering opportunities and generate income for the local community. The Project works primarily with the construction industry and collects waste wood at a more competitive rate than hiring a skip. The salvaged wood is then reworked and resold back to the public and industry as either raw material or made into items such as planters and furniture. Having fully established HWRP and created a thriving enterprise, Bob felt the time was right for it to go in a new direction and expand further, under the management of the hospice. Director of Business and Income Development at Dove House, Sarah Cash, explains the move: “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to generate income for the hospice and so we were delighted that Bob chose the hospice to take the Project forward. “Finding new opportunities to reuse and rework unwanted items, in this case waste wood, into products which can be sold to raise money to fund our patient care are essential to our long-term survival and we are looking forward to building on the great work that Bob has done in setting up this unique social enterprise.” Alongside the staff at HWRP, we plan to continue the great work that HWRP is already doing and see opportunities to expand the business in the future by utilising our 36 charity shops to promote HWRP’s work and sell its products to a larger audience. All staff at HWRP have been retained.