If you are a regular to my blog or any of my social media channels, you will know about my love affair with my Leesa Mattress. What you may not know, collaboration aside, I have a huge amount of respect for the company behind the mattress and their work with the under privileged. Today is World Homeless Day and Leesa, as part of their One-Ten Programme, is using the platform to shed light on the state of homelessness and to contribute to the solution. teaming up with Turntable Exeter, they are donating 80 mattresses to the charity. Leesa usually donates one mattress for every ten sold to nonprofits serving those seeking refuge from homelessness, domestic risk and human trafficking. Today, on World Homeless Day, they are donating ten mattresses for every ten sold! Leesa has provided more than 30,000 mattresses to 1,000 nonprofits so far, since it was founded in 2015. That’s what I call giving back!
In the last year, 275,000 people have approached their local authority for homelessness assistance.
“It’s estimated that on any one night 3,569 people are sleeping rough across England*”— (Crisis stats)
I was invited by Leesa to visit Turntable Furniture in Exeter, a charitable organisation that collects and displays donated furniture, homewares, electrical items and carpets and passes them on to families and individuals on very low incomes. Leesa were there to donate 80 mattresses to Turntable and I arrived just in time to meet Managing Director of Leesa Europe, Richard Tucker (on the left in the LEESA Tee shirt).
Inside I was introduced to Pam and Jonathan. Pam has managed Turntable for over 20 years and Jonathan started as a volunteer and was taken on as an employee in 2010. Between them they manage the office and generally muck in with anything that needs doing, from helping the clients to tea making. They are supported by a team of ten volunteers and two drivers. Pam told me they are always looking for new volunteers to help out, so if you feel you can spare them a few hours, please do get in touch with them via the website HERE
I was given a tour of the warehouse. Spread out over two floors it is full of furniture donated by the local people. Turntable are able to collect donations or you can deliver to them. Please check the list of items they need most first on their website. At the moment they are in desperate need of white goods, fridges, freezers, washing machines etc. If you can help, then again, please do contact them via the website.
Turntable moved to their current location in 2010. It is owned by Exeter City Council who Pam told me have been an amazing supporter of the scheme giving the charity a grant to cover the rent charges. They were also able to install a lift thanks to a donation from a local business which was a massive help in enabling the staff to move furniture up and down between the floors.
Turntable have a healthy stock of many household items but have an urgent need for double bed bases. Especially with the delivery of the Leesa mattresses! Again if you can help, please do contact them.
Hearing the stories from Pam about the staff, I have nothing but admiration for the people who work there. Above is Pat, he is a genius at turning his hand to transforming items that are beyond repair into useful pieces that can be sold on. This is a bird table he made from old pieces of broken furniture. I asked him if the clients bought many of them, considering they are not really essential household items. “of course” he replied. “bird tables are essential ” Can’t argue with that!
The lorry arrives!
Unloading the mattresses. I didn’t envy the poor staff having to carry them all to the lift and unload them.
The amazing staff unloading the pallets.
I was humbled to be invited along today, I didn’t know about Turntable, despite living in Exeter for 25 years. If you are able to donate furniture or white goods or even a few hours of your time. Please do get in touch with them. Homelessness is on the rise and the demand is constant.
This is not a sponsored post.