SECOND Chance Furniture in Weymouth has a new van - thanks to a donation from Magna Housing Association.

The charity collects good quality furniture, household goods and appliances for redistribution to people in need.

It applied for funding from Magna’s community initiative fund (CIF) as its 11-year-old van needed replacing desperately.

The CIF provides funding for community projects, allocating £120,000 a year to areas where residents live.

Jan Knake, manager at Second Chance, said: “We aim to meet community needs, helping alleviate poverty.

“Having a reliable van is critical to us, without it we couldn’t run the scheme. When we applied for funding, we weren’t expecting such a generous contribution from Magna.”

Ken Bodycombe, community investment officer at Magna, said: “Second Chance Furn-iture provides a service which helps many of our residents.

“We wanted to support them by contributing £5,000 to the cost of the van and, in return, they support us by advertising the Magna and CIF logos on it.”