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Company's answer to filling coffers is in the bag.

A Stockton business is lending a helping hand to local charity Daisy Chain.

Jonathan Dicken has set up a self-storage facility on Portrack Lane in Stockton.

Dickens Self Storage offers units from small, single lockers used by students to storage rooms up to 10,000sq ft in size.

The entire centre is protected internally and externally by the latest state-of-the-art CCTV security system linked to a monitoring station which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are many different types of customers using the facility.

One man has spent several years in Houston, Texas, and is returning to the area. He's shipped several containers of belongings to be stored until he arrives. Another man stored an electric piano there for several months.

But the company has now set aside one of its units for the Daisy Chain's Bag2School scheme.

Between now and Christmas, Daisy Chain is urging people to go through their wardrobes and toy cupboards for items they no longer need.

No matter what it is - clothing, blankets, shoes, towels, toys - no matter what condition they're in, the charity can use them as a source of revenue.

People can then take their bags to Dickens Self Storage.

"I'm happy to offer this service which may persuade more people to contribute possessions they no longer need," said Jonathan.

"We're starting off with just a small unit but hopefully the generosity of local people will force me to increase the size.

"It's a small gesture but one we're keen to make by way of giving something back to the community while helping a very worthwhile charity."

Daisy Chain is currently building a respite and support centre at a Norton farm.
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Title Annotation:Business Weekly
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2006
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