A FURNITURE designer has stepped in to help kick start a national campaign with a Bolton homeless charity.

Sarah Parmenter, of RelovedMcr, helped promote the campaign for UK homelessness charity, Emmaus.

Ms Parmenter has selected a piece of donated furniture to upcycle as part of the charity's Second Hand Santa challenge, which involves top upcycling, fashion and craft bloggers from across the UK.

Sarah’s finished upcycled creation showcases an exclusive pheasant print wallpaper designed by international interiors guru Cowboy Kate and cult Lancashire based wallpaper company, Woodchip & Magnolia.

Sarah said: “I've re-imagined a new piece sourced from the Emmaus Bolton Superstore, using this lovely paper. I’m delighted to offer it up as a competition prize on Instagram. The winner will get the piece delivered to their door before Christmas.”

The Second Hand Santa challenge will run until December 23 and the group of top bloggers will be sharing their creations on their social media channels to encourage people to visit their local Emmaus shop for a Christmas bargain.

Each week will cover a different theme featuring Christmas decorations in week one, Christmas jumpers and party outfits in week two and Christmas gifts in week three.

Emmaus Bolton community manager, Tony Stephenson said: “Sarah has been a long-time customer and supporter of Emmaus Bolton and we’re delighted that she has kindly offered her latest creation as part of the Emmaus Second Hand Santa Challenge. Sarah’s upcycled furniture is a great inspiration to others looking at what can be achieved from second hand pieces sourced from Emmaus.”

All money raised in Emmaus charity shops and social enterprises goes directly back into running of the community and to supporting companions to rebuild their self-esteem and move on with their lives.

To find out more about Emmaus Bolton visit www.emmaus.org.uk/bolton