Thousands of pounds have been raised for a Rickmansworth charity via an innovative  furniture re-use project.

Residents have been donating unwanted furniture to the 9 Lives Furniture charity, which has then revamped and sold them on.

Kemal Butt, who was chairman of Three Rivers District Council last year and organiser the fundraising initiative, presented the cheque for £3,182.38 to 9 Lives, in Wharf Lane, on Monday evening.

Councillor Butt said: "I am absolutely delighted to present this cheque to my chosen charity, 9 Lives. 9 Lives Furniture collects, refurbishes and resells furniture and household items in South West Herts, either subsidised for those in need or at market value, to fund the scheme.

"It is indeed the hidden gem of Three Rivers and a visit is a must. Everyone is so welcoming, friendly and dedicated."

In accepting the donation 9 Lives manager, Marie Frost, said: "It was a great honour to have been Councillor Butt's chosen charity.

"Councillor Butt is very familiar with the way the charity works and through his continued support we now have a far wider presence in Three Rivers district. We can’t thank him enough."

9 Lives Furniture will be holding a sale until 11 January, with 10 per cent off all items. The store is open to all residents.

People interested in donating furniture can find details on the charity's website or call 01923 718 666.