Wolverhampton furniture designer creates new collection for local charity

By Charlotte Bentley

A Wolverhampton based furniture designer who has become a familiar face on TV shows has designed a special series of furniture for a charity in the city.

Jay Blades, who regularly features on TV shows like The Repair Shop and Money for Nothing, has designed a collection for Project Give, a charity which aims to tackle period poverty in the area.

The ‘Flow Collection’ will be sold to raise money for the charity which started last year and delivers free sanitary supplies and educational workshops to schools around Wolverhampton.

Jay said: “Personally, I like working with underdog charities who need support.

“Period poverty is a very important issue to me. It is not acceptable. It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s the 21st century and Viagra is listed as an essential item, but sanitary items are not.

“One of the things that was quite apparent to me was to make the subject less of a taboo. Men usually don’t want to be associated with things like this, but I thought, how could I support the project? And the easiest way is through what I do, furniture.

“The collection is all about flow. It’s all about movement and it is very colourful.”

There are three chairs being sold, of which all the money raised will go to the charity.

They are now available to buy on Jay’s website for £225 each.

Kelly Walker-Reed, of Project Give, said: “We are really pleased that Jay has come onboard and is supporting Project Give and it is great to see a man get so involved in tackling period poverty.”

The charity has recently provided many community organisations with period supplies so young people can have access to them during half term and the holidays.

The supplies can be found in the Way Youth Zone, Gatis Community Space and the Big Venture.

If any schools are wanting to receive free sanitary supplies, they can contact: projectgivewolverhampton@gmail.com.