THE High Sheriff of Wiltshire Nicky Alberry visited popular recycling charity Waste Not Want Not in Chippenham on Monday

Nicky met the staff, volunteers and trustees of the charity, toured the extensive showroom, viewed paintings created by art students and had a cup of tea with chair of trustees Ray Dawson in Frank's Diner - named in memory of an ex employee and opened by last year's high sheriff lady Penny Marland.

WNWN was set up in 2002 to collect surplus items of furniture and electrical goods, so they wouldn't go into landfill needlessly. Donations are sold to those on limited or low incomes at modest prices. Since opening its doors, the charity has helped more than 60,000 people to improve their homes. WNWN, in Hungerdown Lane, also offers opportunities for people to gain confidence and work experience as a volunteer, which has helped some into employment.

"Nicky was also keen to hear more about how we help survivors of domestic abuse and the homeless to make a fresh start in their new home," Ray said. "WNWN were proud to be finalists in last week Pride of Wiltshire awards in the charity category."

Plans have been submitted to build flats on the site but the trustees are hopeful the charity can continue.

Ray said: “Building a few flats will help a small number of people but without WNWN, more than 5,000 people each year will be disadvantaged. It is therefore hoped that good sense will prevail and we can continue to serve North Wiltshire from here."

New volunteers and trustees are always needed and are welcome to visit. Call manager Phil Reade on 01249 447140.