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Huge thanks to the team – you are just BRILLIANT! 

Our Work 

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Introduction video

"Good morning Judy, I would love to express my thanks to you and the team, for showing so much kindness to our family in our time of need.

We had nothing, and now we feel like we have a home.

My children are now sleeping in their own rooms because they have a bed and they feel more at home.

Yesterday was my son's birthday and today is my daughter's and what a lovely surprise to come home to a lovely table and chairs. I am totally greateful for all your help and the help of the drivers, those carrying the furniture, those arranging it and those who donated and sorted it out for the driver to deliver. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

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Here a client was coming out of hospital post childbirth, to a bare flat!  Hidden Help is able to move quickly to provide furniture, carpet and household items.

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Hidden Help transforming homes using reusable items
from Cornwall Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre in Truro

A charity has helped transform more than 300 homes for people in need with the help of items that have been set aside for reuse at Truro’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).  Truro HWRC is operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK on behalf of Cornwall Council.

Bissoe-based Hidden Help has participated in a successful trial collecting reusable furniture and other household items, including sofas, tables and chairs, rugs, lamps, TVs and kitchen equipment, from the Truro site.


The items are repaired, where necessary, and given to people in need that have been referred to Hidden Help by partner agencies, such as housing officers, social workers and other charities.

Photo shows container at Truro HWRC with Cllr Mould, Hidden Help's Judy Backus and volunteers, plus Suez staff.

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In 2023 we helped out 551 families. This was a huge increase on previous years. 
For the full report click here. 

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We are entirely funded by the sale of antiques and bric-a-brac items donated to use by our supporters, as well as gifts and grants.  It transpires that our twice a year Vintage Fayre is a key fundraiser for us.  Please offer to help us set that up and tidy up at the end if you can.  It's quite a burden on our older volunteers:-)  And we now need somewhere to store the items pre-sale.

We are entirely run by volunteers with a part time admin.  Here is how we spend funds.  It includes the need to purchase carpet tiles, curtain rails and clothes rails which we typically cannot get from people locally.

We are operating sustainably:    TOTAL INFLOWS - £33,159      TOTAL OUTFLOWS - £29,096      SURPLUS - £4,063

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