Mon 02 Mar 2015

Charity Cases


We had some great news last week when we received a letter from the Multiple Sclerosis Trust confirming that to date we have raised £13,898.35 from donations for empty wooden wine boxes at the door of The Cellar Showroom.

This fantastic achievement has been achieved over the last few years and will certainly continue for many years to come.

MS-Trust-logo1-262x300The MS Trust is a UK charity, providing information for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, education programmes for health professionals, funding for practical research and campaigning for specialist multiple sclerosis services. They have been in operation for over 20 years and today reach over 40,000 people across the UK. I think you’ll all agree they are a hugely important charity and we in the showroom are proud to be supporting them. For more information please visit their website here.

So, we estimate that members give around £1 per box so that means we have shifted close to 14,000 wooden boxes. So what do members do with all these boxes? Well I’ve only been here 6 months and so far the most popular uses are as plant pots and storing DVDs. However, more unusual and inventive uses include:

• Creating an insect farm in the garden
• Presentation boxes for a wedding events company
• One member took 50 boxes to break down and use as panelling for a wall of his kitchen
• A manger for baby Jesus in a Nativity play
• Varnishing them and selling them on for £5 at car boot sales (cheeky!)
• A hedgehog house
• Decorative table tops
• As the border for some outside decking
• Placemats
• Cheeseboards
• Bedside tables

…and I’m sure many other great uses that have passed me by.

Well done to everyone involved and many thanks to the warehouse team who get the boxes together for us and bring them round to The Showroom.

And thanks to the humble wooden box

And thanks to the humble wooden box

Giles Cundy
The Cellar Showroom

Categories : Miscellaneous


  1. David Solomon says:

    Smash them up and use them as kindling for the fire.. At £1 a box it’s cheaper than buying kindling from the log merchant.

  2. Adrian LLoyd-Edwards says:

    How do I join this ?

    • Martin Brown says:

      Thanks very much for your comment and interest. In order to answer your query, would you be able to let us know what you are referring to (afraid we couldn’t work out whether you meant The Wine Society, our charity initiative or something else!).
      Many thanks
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

  3. Ian says:

    One of the speakers for the’i-fi’ sits on a wooden wine box. Looks great, if not acoustically perfect, and does fit in with another post post about wine tasting and music!?

  4. Steve Wheatley says:

    Hi There,
    I missed this originally but would love to purchase some Wine Boxes.
    How do I go about this?

    • Martin Brown says:

      Thanks very much for your interest, Mr Wheatley. This is run from the door of our Cellar Showroom in Stevenage if you’re nearby?
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

  5. Stephen Prior says:

    Line an empty box with stout plastic, drill holes through the bottom and it makes a great planter. I have several in my garden and allotment.

  6. gordon mcgregor says:

    Cut a 4.5 inch square out of one end, makes a great feeding station for hedgehogs, keeps the food dry and safe. Others if well placed under dense shrubbery work as nesting or hibernation homes.

  7. john a spencer says:

    Can members simply collect the empty wine boxes from the showroom on production of credentials?

    My children use them for storage in bedrooms at home and at University.



    • Martin Brown says:

      That’s absolutely correct, Mr Spencer. It may be worth phoning ahead to check availability though, as some weeks are more sparse than others! Thanks.
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

  8. Clare Hearnden says:

    I’m new to the Wine Society and an MS sufferer, what a fabulous idea 🙂

    We’ll be visiting Montreuil soon, can we buy boxes there?

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