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Furniture from Glasgow Commonwealth Games distributed to local families

The staff at Car Hire Glasgow Airport think is a good idea to make use of the furniture from the Games village.

Families who are struggling in Glasgow are to receive items of furniture used by some of the top athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Beds, sofas and wardrobes from the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ village are being collected by the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and passed directly to tenants and community groups.

The plan was announced in the lead-up to the Games and forms part of the legacy which organisers and politicians want to establish. GHA has catalogued all of the items and started to move them to a storage facility, where they are being distributed. The association said it will take more than 2,500 return trips by removal vans to carry all the furniture.

GHA chairman Gordon Sloane said “We know many tenants are struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate and we’re pleased this furniture has been made available to help people furnish their homes. The amount of furniture being uplifted from the village is way beyond our expectations and while this means this is a huge operation, it means many thousands of people will benefit. It is a very tangible way in which the Commonwealth Games has left behind a legacy for the people of Glasgow.”

The likes of Usain Bolt and home favourites Eilidh Child, Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch stayed in the village during the Games and made use of the furniture. Other items being distributed in the programme include bedside tables, bean bags and cushions. It is planned that 700 houses within the athlete’s village will be sold or rented and a new 120-bed care home will be established on the site.