Upcycled furniture

Charity worker up-cycles old pallets to furnish her garden thanks to Pallet-Track member

When charity account manager Heather Weyman attended a fund-raising golf day to support the work of WellChild, little did she know that it would result in her having her garden being furnished with ‘upcycled’ wooden pallets.

A chance conversation with Ian Jolly, of Mobile People Powered Logistics of Castle Vale, Birmingham, one of the 72 players at the Pallet-Track annual golf day, resulted in 25 old pallets being delivered to her door where her handyman husband James spent six weeks converting them into decking, a garden shed, a bench and even a cocktail bar with matching stools.

The re-purposed pallets now take pride of place in Heather’s garden in Cheltenham, where they provide a major talking point for friends and neighbours when they pop round for drinks.

“I was a guest of Pallet-Track at its 12th annual golf day at Morley Hayes Golf Club in Derbyshire and I got chatting about my husband’s handyman skills with Ian. The next thing I know, he had agreed to get the old pallets delivered to my home,” said Heather.

“Not only did the Pallet-Track golf day raise £9,735 for WellChild – a record amount from their annual event – but I also gained some new furniture into the bargain, which was an added bonus.”

Ian Jolly said: “The golf event was fantastic, as we all managed to raise nearly £10,000 for a really good cause and we were able to help Heather re-imagine her outdoor space. It’s amazing what you can do with a pallet when it is retired from active duty. It now takes pride of place in Heather’s garden and it’s great to see the pallets going to a good home.”

Nigel Parkes, managing director of Pallet-Track, said: “Our golf days are always special because they bring together a great group of people to network and raise money for a good cause. They also have the power to surprise; it is wonderful to see old pallets being upcycled and having their life extended. A big thank you to the team from Depot 131 for going the extra mile to make this happen.”

WellChild, whose patron is Prince Harry, provides much-needed support to families with children living with serious illnesses or complex care needs across the UK.

Pallet-Track will announce the total amount raised for WellChild during 2017 early next year when it nominates it chosen charity for 2018.