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Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill visits reuse shop supporting the Benjamin Foundation

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A shop which repurposes items from regional recycling centres was recently visited by Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill.

The shop is operated by the Benjamin Foundation in partnership with Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment.

It collects items from 11 recycling facilities across the region, to be repurposed and sold on to customers.

Jo Churchill with staff at the Bury St Edmunds Reuse Shop.
Jo Churchill with staff at the Bury St Edmunds Reuse Shop.

Proceeds raised are channelled into the Benjamin Foundation, which provides essential support - including sleeping space - for vulnerable young people.

Paul Smith, FCC’s Contract Manager in Suffolk, welcomed Ms Churchill and said: "It was an honour to welcome Ms Churchill to our Bury St Edmunds Reuse Shop, giving her the opportunity to witness first-hand how our reuse initiative allows us to give unwanted items a new lease of life and make a positive contribution to the local community."

Following her visit on July 8, Mrs Churchill said: “It was fantastic to visit the Bury St Edmunds Reuse Shop and Recycling Centre and see how funds from the shop help The Benjamin Foundation run other projects aimed at youth homelessness, and more broadly, how the initiative is helping to drive a circular economy.

"I’d thoroughly recommend heading down to the Bury St Edmunds Reuse Shop to support a local charity and seeing if you can grab a bargain in the process.”