The city wide launch of the 2019 Leeds Lent Prayer Diary, an event to which the Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store were invited proved fertile ground for MBC’s homegrown charity. By providing the opportunity to network and share their story with over a hundred guests the Store’s manager John Gamson and its chair of trustees John Sherbourne didn’t waste a second when it came to distributing flyers and promotional cd’s.
The Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store was born here at MBC in 1986 by a small group of people who through the course of their work began to realise that the way in which certain benefits grants were changing meant that a large number of people – some living just a stone’s throw away from church – were unable to afford to buy even the most basic items of furniture.
The rest, as they say is history; thirty three years of addressing the needs of people in Leeds has seen the registered charity grow from three or four people using car boots for collection and cellars for storage to one of the city’s most respected support groups which is now based in a 10,000 sq ft warehouse and is making more than 1,000 collections and free deliveries a year.
Of course the charity can only keep going if people, people like you, donate their unwanted furniture. So if and when you replace a bed, a sofa, a wardrobe or for that matter any other item of furniture call 0113 2739727 to arrange a free and convenient collection.Printed above is a copy of Gemma Bonham’s Prayer for Leeds with which the Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Rev Paul Slater opened the evening. Please take time to read it.
The Leeds Lent Prayer Diary 2019 Launch was jointly organised by Leeds Church Institute, Leeds Christian Community Trust and PrayforLeeds.