Downsizers in Leeds urged to donate furniture to charity

The Seacroft based Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store.
The Seacroft based Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store.
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A charity is targeting downsizers as it marks its 30th year of donating furniture to homes across the city.

The Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store was set up in 1986 and has helped thousands of residents in the three decades since.

For this year’s appeal, the group have earmarked downsizers - people who move into a smaller residence as they age - and are urging them to donate their unwanted furniture to help those most in need.

John Gamson, general manager of the group, said: “It’s important that when people are thinking of moving that we re-use the stuff they no longer need, and that we give it to people who have nothing.

“We started off in a church 30 years a go with a car and a horsebox and now we have a 10,000-square foot warehouse.

“We don’t want people downsizing to just throw furniture away, especially if there’s good life in it.”

John admits to a tinge of sadness that the group’s work is still in high demand across the city, but insists the positives far outweigh the negatives.

He added: “Thirty years ago you would have maybe expected a certain amount of poverty.

“Having said that, this scheme does great things for the city as we use local volunteers and trainees and we’re not-for-profit.”

John Sherbourne, the charity’s chair of trustees, said: “As estate agents come face-to-face with downsizers we’re simply asking them to pass on our contact details.”

To donate, call the group on 0113 2739727.