One man’s efforts to grow a fledgling donation appeal into a thriving fundraising base have been praised as Lions celebrate 25 years of their
Kenilworth furniture store.
The charity group began selling second hand furniture from the inside of a garage in the town back in 1989.
There is no doubt that John is the store and the store is JohnTed Curtis
Two and a half decades later, the store has flourished and is now running from its own premises in Farmer Ward Road with a fundraising total of more than £250,000.
And its growing success has been put down to the commitment of long-standing club member John Price, who has had a hand in growing the business since day one.
John has seen the charity store grow from its humble beginnings to a thriving store, taking on hundreds of donations each year.
After being presented with a certificate of appreciation for all his hard work, he said the store’s success was all down to the generosity of residents over the years.
“In a large part, the huge success of the store is down to the incredibly generous people of Kenilworth and district,” he said.
“Without their donations and purchases there would be no store and we thank them very much.”
Despite recent illness, John remains as chairman of the shop as well as an active member of the management team behind the scenes.
Looking back on 25 years, he said: “It has been the Kenilworth Lions’ good fortune to have been involved with such a successful project.
“Yes, it is hard work, but also a lot of fun and through our donors and customers we have made many good friends in the local community.”
The Lions Furniture Store is run by club members and volunteers and all money raised is put back into the town through charities and worthy causes each year.
The ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of donated goods is well supported across the town and district, with a team of dedicated volunteers who collect and sell furniture every Saturday.
Wives of the members have even set up their own bazaar at the site where they sell off donated bric-a-brac including china, glassware and jewellery.
Over the past 25 years the venture has supported Duke of Edinburgh participants and raised in excess of £250,000.
Club president Ted Curtis has praised the work of stalwart volunteer who helped take the store from strength to strength and create today’s thriving fundraising hub.
“John has worked tirelessly for the store,” he said.
“Although very modest about his achievements, there is no doubt that John is the store and the store is John.”