Bed manufacturer Silentnight has started its programme of charitable work for 2018 by donating beds and mattresses to local company Recycling Lives’ residential programme.

The programme, run by the recycling company, provides a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people, offering accommodation, education, and training to the homeless and long-term unemployed.

Silentnight will donate a number of beds to the charity’s Preston-based services, which work to find families a place to call home after going through a difficult time.

Nick Booth, marketing director at Silentnight, says: “Being able to support local charitable initiatives like the Recycling Lives programme is incredibly important to us at Silentnight. Recycling Lives undertakes such valuable work to support disadvantaged people across Lancashire, and offering donations in the form of beds and mattresses was the least we could do.

“At Silentnight we pride ourselves on offering sleep solutions for all the family, so supporting the programme seemed like a natural fit, we look forward to seeing how the beds and mattresses help to improve the lives of families Recycling Lives look after.”

Neil Flanagan, head of Recycling Lives residential charity, adds: “We are so grateful for this donation from Silentnight. We’ve already given one of the beds to a resident who has moved into his own place and it’s helped to make his house really feel like home.

“We’ll be using the other beds and mattresses to provide a warm welcome to new residents, as we support them to regain their confidence and independence – they are hugely appreciated.”

The news of the donation comes after Silentnight was recognised for its commitment to sustainability, winning the Furniture Makers’ Company Sustainability Award for 2017.