Portsmouth furniture restoration business owner support homeless project

A Furniture Medic business owner in Portsmouth was part of a team of volunteers who have renovated and converted a Stagecoach double-decker bus into a shelter for the homeless in the town.

Managed by Joanne Vines and Sammy Barcroft from The Bus Project Portsmouth, the project was completed quicker than the 10 months scheduled and has been handed over to homeless charity, The Robert Dolling Project. The bus comprises a kitchen, toilet, shower, 12 bunk beds and a number of seating areas.

Lesley Strong, Furniture Medic business owner removed, refurbished and replaced several seating areas on the bus to provide comfortable spaces and give the bus a homely feel.

Funding for the project was provided by the businesses involved, local community groups and donations from the local area. Stagecoach themselves donated the bus.

Lesley said: “I was delighted to be able to support the project and I’m so pleased with the result we’ve all achieved. It’s fantastic to see local businesses rallying around to provide their skills and expertise to give something back to the community.”

Furniture Medic Portsmouth provides furniture repair and restoration services to both domestic and commercial clients across the region.

Read more about the project here.