PGM’s Fund Grant for Reclaim Charity

Reclaim is a Sheffield-based charity that provides work and support for adults with learning disabilities within the recycling industry. Established in 1993 as a non-profit social enterprise and a community recycler, Reclaim has developed into one of the largest materials reclamation businesses in the UK, with operations extending well beyond Sheffield’s boundaries.

Unfortunately, on Sunday 14 July 2013 a huge fire which had started in a neighbouring yard destroyed the majority of the site including the Central Depot. This means that they are unable to accommodate and support the adults that utilise the charity in their usual manner and are having to rebuild the site in order to be able to continue to provide the support that the trainees rely on so much. At the height of this terrible fire the smoke was visible for at least 20 miles and it was on this day that the members of Royal Brunswick Lodge were returning to Sheffield following their annual barbecue for family and friends. On realising what the cause of this fire was and the plight of Reclaim, Royal Brunswick Lodge petitioned the Provincial Grand Masters Fund for a donation towards the rebuilding efforts and a cheque for £1000.00 was soon on its way.

With Reclaim now having had a little time to evaluate the site and form plans for the rebuilding, the Master and members of Royal Brunswick Lodge were taken on a tour to look over the progress and check how the trainees are coping. They are pleased to report that although issues with the insurance and legal proceedings relating to the start of the fire on neighbouring premises have hampered the reconstruction, enough has taken place to allow some trainees back on site to carry on with their duties.

Attached photos show some of the trainees at their workstations and with W.Bro.M.J.Hemingway and W.Bro.M.B.Lewis during one of their work breaks.

Reclaim still has a long way to go in getting back to their former glory and needs the help of skilled workers such as plasterers, joiners, painters and decorators that are willing to give them some time. For further information on all the work that Reclaim do, or to offer your services, please contact Liz Carrington, Reclaim, Central Depot, Worthing road, Attercliffe, Sheffield, S9 3JA on Tel: (0114) 2706199 or on

Posted in Charity News on July 29th, 2014 by David Clough

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