Linthwaite-based pharmaceutical company Thornton & Ross has donated office furniture to local charities and community groups.

The company is in the process of upgrading its facilities in Linthwaite and needed to find a good home for unwanted office furniture.

Bosses teamed up with Third Sector Leaders Kirklees (TSL), an organisation which provides free advice and support to local charities and community groups, and Kirklees Council to find groups needing help.

Hilary Thompson, chair of TSL, said: “It’s really important for us all to work together in Kirklees to support local people and communities, and it’s great when a household name like Thornton & Ross gets on board with that too.

“As a local charity that supports the third sector in Kirklees, it’s been our pleasure to partner with them to get this offer out to local groups.

“And it’s fantastic that so many have benefitted – from Hive Community – a brand new social enterprise in Huddersfield town centre assisting young people and adults with learning difficulties through their café and ‘safe space’, to Grassroots who put on family activities in Batley.

“Plus, huge thanks to the Pass It On team from Yorkshire Children’s Centre who’ve been using their charity shop van to pick up and deliver the furniture.

“There are lots of ways that local businesses can get involved in supporting community groups and charities in their area, from volunteering time or skills, fundraising or sponsorship or, as in this case, donating unwanted goods, furniture or kit.

“If you have a similar offer or want to know how your company can get involved, you can talk to our TSL Kirklees Volunteering team

Yorkshire Children’s Centre helped delivery furniture

Another partner was Green Building Store, a specialist company with 25 years’ experience of providing low energy Passivhaus homes and building solutions, offering a range of products and services from triple glazed windows to MVHR heat recovery ventilation.

Green Building Store, and its wider company group Efficient Building Solutions, is based at Heath House Mill in Bolster Moor and will be putting the furniture to use in their new expanding office. 

Chayley Collis, communications manager for Green Building Store, said: “A big thank you to Thornton & Ross for recycling their office furniture.

“We are the grateful recipients of a variety of desks, chairs and other office furniture for our expanding offices at Heath House Mill, which is just up the hill from the Thornton & Ross headquarters in Linthwaite.

“Being able to re-use pre-loved office furniture very much fits in with our environmental ethos and goals to continually reduce our environmental impact.

“It’s been a great example of mutual support between Huddersfield companies and re-use and recycling in action.”

Roger Scarlett-Smith, executive vice-president UK & USA for Thornton & Ross, said: “This is a collaboration that enables us not only to support local charities and the community but also to ensure that we play our part in sustainable development.

“We value our relationship with Kirklees Council and hope that we can build on and develop this partnership which supports the council in its overall sustainability agenda.

“By working with others as a trusted partner, we can reduce our impact on the environment and act in a socially responsible manner.”