In September 2011 St George’s Crypt opened its second charity shop. Having recently taken over a former Co-op supermarket building on Armley Town Street the charity which is best known for providing emergency accommodation for homeless people asked L&MFS if it would be able to supply good quality second hand furniture.
Two years down the line John Gamson – L&MFS General Manager takes up the story: “Since 1986 the Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store has had only one core function… to provide some of the most basic items of household furniture to people in need. However, quite often some of the items we pick up, although still perfectly usable, just aren’t suitable for our clients. So when St George’s approached us we immediately though that perhaps some of these larger, quirkier or more ornate items would be ideal for their requirements.”
“There’s no doubt that the association has been good for both parties. The great thing about working alongside St Georges,” adds John, “is that as every penny we raise from the sale of donated furniture goes directly towards running L&MFS it means that we have not only developed a new funding stream, we have also found a way of supporting another of Leeds’ leading charities.”