Top performer puts on a vintage show

By John Fisher, August 19, 2013
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And there’s cake: Keith Warner and fellow wellfairshop supporters celebrate the anniversary in style (Photo: John Fisher)

And there’s cake: Keith Warner and fellow wellfairshop supporters celebrate the anniversary in style (Photo: John Fisher)

A Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop marked its sixth anniversary in style with some vintage transport and a sweet incentive to potential donors.

Long-time volunteer Keith Warner drove his red vintage 1935 Austin 7 to thewellfairshop birthday party and helped transport over 70 bags of goods. Donations were swelled by the welfare board’s offer of a cupcake to those handing over unwanted couture.

The Moortown shop brings in £45,000 annually for the board. “We outperform other charity outlets for quality merchandise,” Mr Warner reported. “It is not for nothing that we are known locally as the Harvey Nicks of charity shops.”

Manager June Burton, who started as a volunteer, has an eye for both quality and the quirky.

“When I see a donor entering the shop with a suitcase I get very excited,” she said. “I am hoping to find superb designer clothes that are just that bit different.”

Retro is still big business and there is heavy demand for fur coats, in vogue once again. “We have been receiving some really classy furs lately,” Mrs Burton reported.

LJWB fundraising chairman Jonathan Straight said wellfairshop was an inspiration to other charitable organisations.

“It’s a powerhouse of fundraising as it continues to churn out cash that goes directly to our services. I take my hat off to everyone who works here.”

Last updated: 8:45am, August 19 2013