A LONG-standing Taunton charity which sells used furniture to those in need is hoping to help more people after moving into new premises.

Furnitrust, which currently operates out of the former Priorswood Library building, has taken on the former St Margaret's Hospice premises in Bridge Street, Taunton.

The move to the town centre should help the charity reach more people in need, said chairman of trustees, Tony Kyle.

"We are proud to be an independent charity in Taunton Deane," he said.

"Furnitrust has, for 25 years, been selling good quality used furniture at very low prices to anyone in need or on a low income. We also make a significant contribution to reuse and recycling.

"Our charity does not make money, we just cover our costs and sell our goods at as low a price as possible.

"We are run by a small team of employees and several very welcome volunteers.

"We believe that we provide an essential service to people in the borough and surrounding area."

The charity accepts donations of all reusable furniture, including white goods, offering free collection and will officially open in Bridge Street on January 23.

"This means we are now in a good position to reach many more people who need our help," Mr Kyle added.