We are one of the latest projects to have recently been awarded over £1,000 from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.  This grant will contribute towards the costs of a carbon reduction initiative relating to our retail operations.

The support from this fund has enabled us as a local charity to realise a development to reduce carbon emissions through our vans operating to support the charity shops throughout Pembrokeshire.  Telematic devices have been fitted to 3 vans which are based at the charity’s Warehouse in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.  This initiative will be trialled, and the impact measured over 3 years, during which time the vans will cover tens of thousands of miles collecting donations and delivering pre-loved items in and around the county.

The charity is making a number of steps to support the climate, and this is in addition to the recent installation of solar panels at our main office at Paul Sartori House, Winch Lane, Haverfordwest.  This project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund through the Climate Action Boost scheme.  The new investment to reduce carbon emissions will also help to reduce fuel costs and promote better driving behaviours by choosing more efficient routes. 

“These tracking devices fitted onto our Warehouse vans will enable route optimisation and increase fuel economy, which will keep our costs down as well,” said Graeme Marshalsey, Warehouse Manager at Sartori Warehouse & Home Furnishings Store.  “We are delighted to have received funding from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund to proceed with this additional step which is part of an overall increase in the charity’s commitment to improve the impact on the climate,” added Graeme.

“We are pleased to support Paul Sartori who are embedding carbon reduction activities in their work and responding proactively to the climate emergency,” said Jessica Morgan, Funding and Grants Officer Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.  “We hope this project will inspire other charitable groups in the county to apply to the Sustainable Development Fund,” added Jessica.