News from Home Basics

Community Partnership, TSB

We are delighted to have been chosen as the local charity partner for the Galashiels and Hawick
branches of the TSB. Gary Johnston and Craig Gilfether from the TSB visited our Hawick shop,
and presented Home Basics with a £200 cheque. The money will help us with our work,
supporting people on low incomes.The cheque was received by Dennis Fisher, our business manager,
on behalf of Home Basics.


Pete Wiggins

Pete Wiggins

Home Basics are sad to learn of the passing of one of its original volunteers, Pete Wiggins. Pete started with us back in 1999 and worked on our Board of Directors, our van, and on customer sales.

Since his retirement in 2014 he maintained regular contact and an interest in our charity, and we were always pleased to see him. Despite poor health he always had a smile and a joke to share. Many of the local volunteers at Walkerburn have worked with Pete over the years and will be paying their respects at his funeral.

Out of respect, Home Basics will be closing from 11am until 2pm on Friday 12th January and we apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.



Generous donation from Peebles Round Table

Colin Watt (Home Basics) and Matt Kennedy (Peebles Round Table)

Home Basics were very happy to accept a donation from Peebles Round Table to purchase a new Portable Application Tester for our Walkerburn depot.

With only one machine and four testers, there were times when we were struggling to get enough electrical items tested, and our storage area was becoming overloaded. With a second machine we can now get twice as many items tested and out for sale.

We were pleased to welcome Matt Kennedy of the Peebles Round Table to present the machine to Colin Watt, PAT employee of Home Basics. The new machine is a portable version – effectively a mini-computer – which records all tests and can be used for external testing as well.

Home Basics would like to sincerely thank the Round Table for their Generous support.

Co-op Community Fund

Home Basics is proud to have been supported by our local community through the Co-op Community Fund to the amount of £2030.80.

The funding will be used to raise awareness of our charity and its services, particularly to attract new volunteers. The money will also be used to attract the support of local businesses to help us to help more local people in need and to offer volunteering opportunities to those looking to increase their employability

Thank you again to the Co-op for their valued support.

Phone numbers

Please note that we are no longer using the 870355 telephone number. Please use 01896 870455 to contact our Walkerburn depot.