Retail and Consumer

Material help for homeless charity after fabric firm gives away its takings

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 30 September 2020 7:40

A family business has given away all of its taking from a two-day clearance sale to a Gloucestershire homeless charity. 

Cheltenham-based business Just Fabrics raised £3,500 by offering shoppers "huge discounts on fabric roll ends, curtains, blinds and soft furnishings. 

And then it the proceeds to Emmaus, which helps provide a home and daily support to people who have experienced homelessness.

Pictured: (left to right) Emma George, Just Fabrics, Sean Hatten, Emmaus, Nick, Emmaus resident and Sophie Carter, Just Fabrics, outside Just Fabrics’ Cheltenham showroom


The charity, which has five shops in Gloucestershire, also offers people funded training and the opportunity to gain confidence and new skills by working in its shops.  

Joe Feeley, chief executive at Emmaus Gloucestershire, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the team at Just Fabrics for this incredible donation and many thanks to all of their customers who went along to the clearance sale.   

“It means a lot to us when local businesses go above and beyond to support us and the team at Just Fabrics has really taken the time to learn about what we do. 

This donation will make a real difference to the lives of the people we support. We warmly welcome anyone who wants to know more about our work to pop along to one of our shops.”  

Emmaus raises the majority of funds needed to support its work by selling second-hand items in its Cheltenham, Gloucester, Nailsworth and Stroud shops. 

The charity faced a 12-week closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and lost vital income but has since reopened all of its shops.

Pictured: Emma George (left) and Gemma Bryan (right)

Ross Pieters, manager director at Just Fabrics, which was founded in 1988 by John and Dee Pieters and now employs 38 staff, said: Homelessness is a matter close to my heart, and the hard work and dedication of the charity to not only provide people with a safe home, but also provide meaningful work in a community setting is commendable.”  

“It is important to me and the whole team at Just Fabrics to support our local community as much as we can, especially during these difficult and unprecedented times. 

A huge thank you to our customers who came along to the clearance event and for their very generous donations. I hope the money raised from the clearance sale will support the fantastic work Emmaus do in and around Gloucestershire.”  

The clearance sale was held at the Just Fabrics’ old Cheltenham showroom on Honeybourne Way, next to Waitrose on Friday September 18 and Saturday 19th. 

It has also opened a new showroom on Runnings Road, Cheltenham, next to Screwfix.