A DEVIZES charity which helps people fit out their homes using re-cycled furniture has received a top award.

Kennet Furniture Refurbiz, known as KFR, was named a reuse charity of the year in the Reuse Network Awards held earlier this month at a conference in Warwickshire.

The charity, which is based on the Hopton Industrial Estate, was one of three finalists nominated and the big decision on the winner went to a public vote.

KFR manager Daniel Thompson said: "It is a huge honour for a small charity in Devizes. Wiltshire to achieve this recognition.

"KFR, both staff and volunteers, have worked indefatigably for many years to alleviate severe poverty and deprivation in Wiltshire.

"This is achieved by refurbishing unwanted white goods and unloved furniture. The refurbished items are then sold to those on limited income at reduced prices but is also available to everyone.

"All items are kept at our warehouse on Hopton industrial Estate and are available for the public to view and purchase."

In the past year the charity has been hit by a number of thefts of white goods but the community has rallied around to support its work.

KFR Trustee Juliet Singer was delighted with the recognition and thanked the public for their votes.~

A team from KFR travelled to the Reuse Conference at Chelford Manor in Kenilworth to receive the trophy.

Earlier this year Ken Brown, who was chairman of KFR, stood down after 17 years of being involved with the project.

He started as volunteer van crew in 2002 with the original Kennet Furniture company and he was shocked by the extent of poverty in Wiltshire.

He became a trustee in 2004 and helped set up sister charity Refurbiz.

In 2013 the two charities merged to become Kennet Furniture Refurbiz and he became chairman.