Raising the curtain on a Banbury charity

A Banburyshire curtain and upholstery businesses is celebrating dual success this month after reaching a retail milestone and raising £1000 for a Banbury animal charity.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 10:16 am

The Track House and Curtain Emporium, based in Blackwell, near Shipston-on-Stour, was taken over in July 2018 by Hornton couple Jane and Kevin Wain.

Since last summer, they have been donating, with customer’s permission, unsold quality second-hand curtains to BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service) for them to re-sell at discount prices.

Funds raised via the re-selling scheme have just topped their initial £1000 target.

Kevin and Jane Wain, Alwin the cat and BARKS chair Ann Collins

Jane said: “It’s worked out perfectly, our business success is matched by our support for a very worthy local cause. Everyone’s happy, the BARKS animals who need care and treatment before they go to new homes and the people who get a lovely home makeover at a discount price.”

BARKS chair Ann Collins added: “We’ve had a series of events in the Banbury area where we’ve sold lovely designer fabrics and hand-made curtains and attracted lots of interest among existing supporters as well as new faces.

“Because we’re entirely run by volunteers, all funds raised go on animal rehabilitation and we manage to re-home around 350 pets every year.

“We can’t thank the Track House enough.”

By coincidence the firm raised the donation by displaying, selling and donating over 1,000 pairs of pre-owned curtains since the takeover.