A charity project launched to recycle unwanted goods into community cash has made its first donations to good causes.

New2U, based at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Cowling, has generated £600 in just two months of trading.

It has now made initial handouts of £200 to the Craven office of the Carers’ Resource charity, as well as £100 to Holy Trinity Church in Cowling.

New2U opened its doors in February with the aim of supporting the local community by selling a range of unwanted or second-hand goods.

Staffed and run entirely by volunteers, it opens from 2pm to 4pm on Thursdays and 10am to noon on Saturdays.

“The local community has rallied round and really got behind this initiative, despite the bad weather we had to overcome,” said Edna Smith, one of the project’s volunteers. “Thanks to them, we have got off to a flying start.

“We’re delighted to be in a position so soon after launch to be able to contribute to the future success of these two deserving causes, both of which make a real difference at the heart of the community in helping people in need.”

New2U is looking to build on its initial success by appealing to the community for more donations of good quality unwanted goods. Contact Edna on 01535 632487.