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The rise of repairing: Why more of us are trying to fix things

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​It's not unusual for Emma Ash to jump onto YouTube to watch a video of how to repair yet another electrical item that has suddenly stopped working.

The 46-year-old also routinely picks up old items from car boot sales, or even skips, to fix and refurbish them.

"I'm a granddaughter of a generation who really believe in making do and mending," says Ms Ash, who lives in West Berkshire.

"It's always been part of my life. I'm all about saving things."

The boss of YoungPlanet, an app that allows parents to donate no longer needed kids' toys and clothing to other parents, she managed to fix a fridge during lockdown.

She has also resolved a leaking toilet, and mended a broken vacuum cleaner.

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