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A Huge Huge THANK YOU
I recently put an appeal on here for space hoppers for our self funded pony and donkey sanctuary after theirs were stolen and thanks to Freegle we now have very happy donkeys. Once more the request was seen by a member who informed the local radio station and the local news, the donkeys were live on the radio and also featured on BBC Look East.
Since then we have had many donations of space hoppers and many kind messages supporting the work we do, there are so many kind ppl out there and we are overwhelmed with your kindness we have worked so hard giving these little neglected and abused ponies and donkeys a happy peaceful life where they can live without fear but most importantly live knowing there are ppl who love them for what they are.
We many not have the facilities and equipment that other larger charitable sanctuaries have but we have more than enough love and kindness to give to our beautiful rescues and that’s what they need so thank you all so very much and if ever you are in the area please feel free to come and visit the littletinkers.
Julie Bassett, Norwich Freegle
Best snow shaker
We made my best snow shaker out of things people didn’t need.
We got a jam jar from Grandma…uh…we got a character from a broken music box. We got the glue stuff from someone I didn’t know’s front garden.
We stuck the character on the lid with the strange sticky stuff we got from the person’s garden. I put some sparkly things in from a box from Christmas. I put a little red heart on the top of it. I put water in the jar with something from the back of the baking cupboard [glycerine]. I put a few heart things in the water with the sparkly things.
I like it. Making it was better than buying one; it was funny collecting the things we needed.
By Charlotte, aged 6
Charlotte (Aged 6) , Wellingborough Freegle
I was fortune enough to receive a giant marrow from a Freegler last week from his allotment.
This week we have enjoyed stuffed marrow, marrow and other vegetable curry, a tasty marrow tea loaf and even managed to puree some for my daughter who will be weaning soon :)
Lana, Aberdeen Freegle
So there are good people around
I offered my mum’s greenhouse on Freegle a couple of years ago. The couple who dismantled and took it away not only weeded and cleared up the ground under and behind it, but returned a week later with jars of homemade jam and pickles.
So there are good people around, perhaps mainly those who can’t afford a few £100s for a new greenhouse.
JC , Southport Freegle
Just to say that there are few things in life which give a pretty straight-forward warm fuzzy feeling. Normally, it is chased to little avail when helping proves much more complicated and muddled than you may have originally anticipated.
However, responding to a request for ‘nautical house stuff’ with an offer of drift wood and a little wooden boat pretty much does it. It is so pleasing to think that the wood, which was in the way on a garage shelf waiting for the day when I finally began some craft with it, has now found a happy home. Without the wood pile, taking our bikes in and out of the garage each day is now less awkward.
Thinking of the cute little boat, which just didn’t fit anywhere in our flat, now having ‘pride of place’ in someone elses home is similarly pleasing.
So thanks Freegle!
Carly, Edinburgh Freegle
Thanks to Freegle
Early last year we discovered we were expecting our second child, unfortunately 3 months into the pregnancy I was made redundant and my partner had his hours reduced at work, with money so short we wondered how we could possibly cope with a new baby, I had given all of my 3 year old son’s baby things away on Freegle previously so I decided to place a ‘Wanted’ add, the replies were amazing.
From the swinging crib from Natalie, the clothes from Ruth, to the pram and numerous other things from the ever so generous Bea I can’t express how grateful we are.
Our Baby, Amelia is 4 months old now and we’ve already re-freegled the things she has grown out of.
There are lots of things new parents worry about, but thanks to Freegle, and the kindness of strangers, providing for our baby is no longer one of them.
(I have attached a picture of Amelia, enjoying her first Christmas wearing a very kindly donated party dress!)
Sarah Leeson, Leeds Freegle
Met loads of interesting people
We really got into Freecycle (as it then was) a few years back when my brother and I were clearing the family home after 52 years of occupation, during which time as well as all the usual household possessions our late father had assembled a mighty collection of ‘useful’ stuff.
We took what we wanted, sold the best of the rest and sent a van full to Oxfam, but that left a huge amount of stuff that was too good to throw away but not good enough for selling by any route.
We registered on several Freecycle sites – near our own homes as well as near the house – and astonishingly Freecycled virtually everything, including some truly weird things, and met loads of interesting people in the process.
I still use Freegle as required and am really glad to have this route for finding new homes for my pre-loved but no longer needed stuff.
Gabrielle St Albans Freegle
Thank You note.
I recently offered a 14” TV/DVD unit to the group, had loads of requests for it, one that caught my eye was from someone who is a refuge project worker at Havant Women’s Aid.
Her reply to me read :
We have a family who have recently moved into the refuge with four teenage children. This would be ideal as the kids could have it in their bedroom so they have some time separate from the other residents and their younger siblings. We are able to collect whenever is convenient for you. Thanks for considering us.
Usual contact followed, she came to collect it…we chatted etc…I wished her well…off she went.
Tonight I had an envelope through the door, my name on the front, opened it, pulled out a key ring with a hand drawn racing car fob, and a hand written note in very young writing.
It said :
Dear Bill, we thank you very much for the TV you gave us. It has made our life at the refuge much better and given us a reason to like our room, so thank you very, very much.
Drawn on the other side of the paper was a huge THANK YOU all multi coloured…
I was really touched by this as you can imagine…I showed it to my other half, Kris, she was quite touched too….
My point is, if I hadn’t had the opportunity to offer it in the first place, this would not have happened.
Bill Fiddes, Havant Freegle
Exchange and heart!
A Freegler offered offcuts of wood suitable for firewood. He had asked a builder for offcuts of roof battens which he wanted to use on his allotment but the builder gave him roof rafter offcuts instead which were no use to him at all so he was happy to pass them on to me.
That afternoon i collected more firewood from another Freegler. (All this wood was for someone who had a wood burning stove but no transport). Alongside his fence he had a bundle of 10 roof battens which he could not use and offered me those as well. I said i would take them for another Freegler as they were too good for firewood. I was so excited that i could give them to the first Freegler who missed out after his request to the builder.
Then i noticed the garden was really overgrown and we got into conversation about it and he told me how a borrowed lawnmower just could not cope with it. I told him i had been given a rechargeable battery powered strimmer from a Freegler a while ago and had not found a suitable charger for it. It was rather heavy for me to use and i was going to pass it on and suggested he might try it.
Took it round the next day and left it for him. Then that evening he emailed to say he had managed to find an old charger in the depths of his garden shed and was able to get it up and running.
This has been my happiest exchanges. Freegler 1 got his battens, Freegler 2 got his strimmer and had his wood removed, Freegler 3 got the wood for his stove, Freegler 4 was able to pass on his strimmer and Freegler 5 (me) met, in all, three lovely people who were all happy with their exchanges.
Timing and Freeglers’ generosity makes such a blessed difference.
very best wishes,
Susan, St. Albans Freegle
It’s like Christmas day all over again here
I recently offered a huge child’s toy shop, a child’s pink and purple table and chair, a pink rocking horse, a toy shopping trolley, a bin-liner of toys and a bin-liner of clothes, shoes and belts to my local group (Huddersfield) on behalf of my daughter, who is clearing space for an imminent new arrival.
I had loads of enquiries for the toys, but in the end I chose a woman called Sarah, who mentioned in her email that she fostered children, this seemed like a lovely home for the toys especially. After Sarah had collected the items she sent me the following email –
Arrived about 6.15 and collected everything. Please tell your daughter a big thank you. It’s like Christmas day all over again here. We have teenagers trying on clothes and little ones fighting over toys. We are very grateful. Thank you so much. The children we foster have so little, although they get an allowance, so we try to give them as much as possible and when they move on it all goes with them.
Thank you again.
It made me realise that Freegle groups can and do make a difference. I am so glad that other children are getting enjoyment from the items.
Kath , Huddersfield Freegle