Stories from Freeglers on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade)

We love to hear why people Freegle - it keeps our volunteers volunteering, and it helps show new freeglers what it's all about.

So please tell us your story!

"Trying to be as Sustainable as Possible!" 4

Hi I run a large airbnb called Magical Margate Townhouse, and through the renovation and now that it's done we have tried to be as sustainable as possible by freegling and giving away, swapping, gifting as much of the old materials in the house, and now the furniture, as possible! I often hoard items hoping to upcycle them at a later date but freegling has given me the freedom to give them away, knowing that I will come across something equally as lovely in the future. Horses have drinking troughs, locals have furniture, and a local builder has a stash of plumbing parts because of us and that makes me feel happy. And small bits of building materials that most builders would chuck in a skip ended up being used by householders for DIY, saving yet more waste as they would only have needed to buy new too, and throw away what they didn't use! Happy freegling everyone! Anna
5 months ago on Tenterden Freegle #6992

"Found Good Friends" 6

So I love to recycle and give away ...I also love the cinema and replied to A FREEGLER who was giving away 2 cinema tickets as he and his wife could not go the time I was freegling plants and they were doing their garden ...we arranged to swap but what we were not expecting was the fact that because we all had so much in common we became good friends . That was years ago ... I think Freegle is a fantastic site we have recycled creatively for years and it is always great when you know what you are giving is helping someone else. For example when I was giving my old fence posts it helped a young couple make a front garden fence by cutting the rotten bottoms into 3ft posts and another couple made a tortoise sanctuary out of the rest..The thing I most love in my house is a pine box seat in the kitchen made from a freegled wardrobe door..and a mattress topper...saving the enviroment and our pockets £200 ...So thank you freegle and to all the like minded people who use it :)
5 months ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #6812

"I need someone to help me fix my mobility scooter battery charger."

I am disabled and my mobility scooter is the thing that gets me out of the house. Unfortunately the battery charger has stopped charging . It has a red light indicator which shows the charging is okay and if that light flashes on and off it means there's a problem. I cannot afford paying to have it fixed and I'm hoping that someone with a good heart out there who knows about these things would fix it for me in return for a nice cuppa.
8 months ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #6481

"Sharing is caring " 4

I was homeless as a teenager and when I did get an apartment it was due to the kindness of neighbours I had furniture and cooking supplies. Some even gave me clothes although I wasn’t the most stylish teen I lived a happy life. In my life there have been ups and downs but I will always be sure to share what I have and do my best not to waste or take things for granted. I’ve given away a 4x4 truck, canoe, and many smaller items but I’ve been given many items over the years and made some fantastic friends. I’ve also had people donate money and loads of items to a local young family that were the victims of a fire that sadly took their mothers life. Freegle gives people the opportunity to be the best they can be and helps people that need it the most.
9 months ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #6172

"Waist not want not had little as a child" 1

I meet very generous people. Usually warm friendly that likes a little chat or sometimes a long chat because there is a story behind why they are giving away their stuff. Likewise, there is always a story behind why I want something. I remember once I went to collect a unused makeup bag. I could not believe my eyes when I got in the car after collection and opened the plastic bag it was exactly the same one I had ruined by spilling a bottle of orange nail varnish in it. What was really special was I had got it free with a makeover at debenhams about 10 years ago and it was so nice I used it for a family wedding. So it had found memories. I called the lady who had donated it. She was please it had found a good use. Its moments like that that make freegle unique and special for me. I also love the feeling of giving away good stuff to someone who actually will be using it. I like to here sometimes the creative things They are doing.
a year ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #6001

"Single mum." 1

Hi. I'm a single mum of 2 kids at home & a son in his own flat. Freegle has helped me & my son....(who got a flat & had nothing) on few occasions. I don't have much money because I'm my son's carer so don't work. When I desperately need something I'll ask on freegle & also keep an eye out. It's great!
a year ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #6004

"Giving is so satisfying." 4

I have given loads of stuff recently, due to having to clear a departed relatives house. I could easily gone to the tip, but it’s so good to give things away and see smiles on people’s faces, which has happened loads of times. I would urge people to turn up when they say they will and not reject what you collect. A few do this, it sometimes makes you want to go to the tip, which is a whole lot easier but loads of useful things then go to waste!
a year ago on Maidstone Freegle #5770

"Pay it forward and waste not want not"

I've been freegling forever! I've got lovely furniture, plants and a fab microwave along the way. I always offer stuff on Freegle, as I hate to waste stuff. Just because it's no longer useful to me, doesn't mean someone else can't use it.
a year ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #5675

"I love freegle Such an amazing website that helps keep things out of the waste tip that could be happily loved and reused again."

I have meet many wonderful people through my freegle group that have helped me through times when i have needed things. And also when i have had things that was too good to go into the tip. So well done freegle please never shut down your site is a god send ❤
a year ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #5686

"Dining chairs make over" 1

I was looking for dining chairs as the ones I had were breaking and did not have enough to seat my family They were brown velour seats but lovely We decided to live with them as was, until after Christmas when we had received the new fabric and foam which was purchased over a couple of months from ebay And now we have lovely looking comfortable dining chairs,we refinished the wood with a light sand down and repolished them Everyone seems to congregate around the table to talk and catch up in my house is this the same in every house I wonder.
a year ago on Swale Freegle #5345


I've been on and off of freegling for years - before it became Freegle even! It's a great way to re-home/re-use 'stuff' you don't want or use any more - even if you think you do - which is why many others like me end up with 'stuff'! lol ... Your 'rubbish' is someone else's 'must have/needful'! ...You'd be surprised how many unwanted 'things' can be useful to and re-used by someone else... This time round I'm clearing the loft for works to be done ... and how much 'stuff'' I've got is no-one's business! ...Hubby's been telling me for years but I didn't want to hear it from him - I live in a 'just in case' world - but I hate to admit he was and is right!...I can't see me putting half and much 'stuff' back in the loft onces it's been done... and I don't want to1!...So freegling is a good way to appease my conscience that my 'stuff' and 'things' won't go to waste or end up at the tip - that someone else will find my 'things' and 'stuff' good homes!
2 years ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #4834

"Freegled Lego Helps Church Raise Funds" 2

A local parishioner suggested our village church (St Mary the Virgin, Minster-in-Thanet) could maybe raise some funding towards much needed restorations by 'selling bricks' to build a model of the church in Lego. Firstly where to acquire enough of those wonderful little bricks - how about trying Freegle I suggested. Requesting this on our local group produced quite a haul and along with other small amounts from residents and families the project got underway just over 2 years ago. Now the model is complete with a wedding in progress, the choir, organist and congregation and is about to be put on permanent display in the church. In total it has raised over £2,400 and although the building itself is now complete we will continue to sell trees, shrubs and members of the congregation for some while yet. I have quite a few of images of the completed model which I can't show you here but you can view on my Flickr account at this link (Hope you like it)
2 years ago on Rye Freegle #2155

"Many faces of Freegle" 1

We have used Freegle for a few years now. We work for a children's charity and have up-cycled Furniture , re-made fabrics into sensory toys, furnished half our house :). We have given away toys & Items those we have bought or received & no longer needed. My House plants have gone to many homes. My Garden Bee & Flower plants have helped 2 community gardens local to me and many many freegler's gardens One freegler was making a memorial garden. One year my green Tomatoes were made into chutney & sold & small amount went to a children's home in India. One freegler arrived for two bags of my items that were helping War Orphans in Africa. Another was raising money to help a child have an operation to allow him to smile. Another worked in a charity shop local to me.( all were able to supply proof) All these people have been to my door, a few become my personal friends and some my known freegle community. The money I have saved has allowed us and others to live better whilst caring and sharing with others. What wonderful values to give to our children as I see it the faces of the future. THANK YOU FREEGLE!
2 years ago on Medway Freegle (Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Walderslade) #3431

"Freegle brings friends together" 3

No names or details for the sake of confidentiality, but where we lived before coming to the Penzance area, we did a lot of Freegling, and like you do, we got to know some of the most active Freeglers. One day, a lady we'd got to know put up a post about her son who had been diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease. She was feeling lonely and very low. Over the next six months, people from her estate and folk who saw her story in the papers did all sorts of things to support her. Every week we prayed for her and for her son in our church. And then he started to get better...until a big party was arranged, to thank everyone and to celebrate his going back to school D&J
2 years ago on Maidstone Freegle #2578

"I use freecycle to help others and give things that are not ready for the dump."

Although I give things to charity shops, I feel some items would do other people a good turn. Most people are thankful as was I on a couple of occasions where people had given to me. It's a good idea and it helps the planet as well as the people.
2 years ago on Gravesend Freegle #137

"Giving things a new lease of life.." 3

I always try and reuse and recycle. With only one household income, I sell a lot of things (mainly baby stuff we've outgrown) so that we can buy new bits with the money we raise rather than dipping into our pot for bills and maintenance. But some things just don't sell easily and that's where Freegle comes in! Freegle is great for moving things that still have use and life but for whatever reason wouldn't sell - things like fence panels, pallets, nappies that are too small... it means these things won't go to landfill or at least in the case of the nappies will get used first!
3 years ago on Gravesend Freegle #203


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