Check with charity shops before taking. Currently, The Blue Cross and RSPCA will take small, non-sharp, non-power tools and garden tools
Workaid refurbishes tools and equipment, then sends to vocational training projects in UK and overseas, to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills; more info here. They accept donations, including all trade tools (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, building, blacksmithing, welding, lathes, motor mechanic tools), manual and electric sewing machines, knitting machines, leather working, upholstering, haberdashery, wools and yarns, sturdy adult bicycles, horticultural tools, typewriters and many other items. There are not any very local collection points; nearest are Faringdon, Abingdon, Tollard Royal (nr Salisbury), Wesbury on Trym (nr Bristol) and Tilehurst (nr Reading). Contact 01494 775220 or email admin at workaid.org
Tools for Self Reliance is a UK charity, based near Southampton, that refurbishes good quality hand tools (not gardening tools) and Singer sewing machines. More info at www.tfsr.org. These are refurbished and used to assist some of Africa’s poorest communities. For a list of tools that are accepted, click here.
TH White, London Road, Marlborough, service fuel-powered mowers and power tools (not electric). Contact them on 01672 512328 for more details.
If you know of any other tool repairers, please let us know.
Tools that are beyond repair may be taken to the Marlborough Household Recycling Centre. If metal, place in metal recycling container; if electrical, in appropriate container.
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