CHESTER'S Dunelm store has helped to renovate the city's Deaf Centre with their decorating expertise and generous donations of homewares and furniture.

The donation of comfy sofas, coffee tables, rugs, lamps, and accessories such as vases and plants have been used to furnish the Centre's pool room, which provides a warm and welcoming space for community groups and visitors.

Chester Deaf Centre has recently been the subject of a £33,000 plus crowdfunding drive, with the money generated being used to refurbish the Centre's kitchen and remove a large honey bee colony in the cavity wall of the building.

It is the first time that the 128 year old building has been renovated for almost three decades and will benefit around 300 regular users.

Chester and District Standard: The room after its recent makeover.The room after its recent makeover. (Image: Dunelm Chester)

Dunelm staff were on hand to update the pool room which is an essential space where visitors can meet and socialise.

Cari Hooson at Dunelm Chester said: "The team at Chester Deaf Centre do a wonderful job supporting not only the Deaf but also wider community groups, helping to provide them a safe and welcoming space. We wanted to do what we could to revamp the Chester Deaf centre’s pool room, giving it a new and homely look."

Chester and District Standard: Staff at Dunelm gave up their time to help with the refurb.Staff at Dunelm gave up their time to help with the refurb. (Image: Dunelm Chester)

Mike, at Chester Deaf Centre said: "We are delighted with the makeover the team from Dunelm Chester have provided. Not only have they helped revamp the pool room, but their donation has helped transform our Centre into a cosy space. We can’t wait to host our community groups in our new and improved space."

The donation is part of the homeware retailer’s series of initiatives in the North West, which sees its network of stores support members of their local community in a variety of different ways, during what is a challenging time for so many.

The initiatives include the store’s new Home to Home homeware donation scheme, part of Dunelm’s wider commitment to a circular economy.

The Home to Home scheme, which is available at the Chester store, as well as Dunelm’s 17 other North West stores, allows customers to donate pre-loved homeware items from any retailer, to be redistributed to local charities and community groups in the region.

The scheme allows people to reduce household clutter without sending items to landfill, while benefitting those in their local communities who may otherwise go without essential homewares.