Community collaboration raises £800 for Getting Clean

A day of collaboration between two Leeds’ organisations on Friday (16 December 2022) saw over £800 raised for Getting Clean CIC – a project which supports and guides recovering addicts who want to give back to the community.

St Lukes’s Cares charity shop, on Dewsbury Road, Beeston invited Getting Clean founder, Chris Sylvester, to take over the outlet for the day. Nine Getting Clean volunteers attended throughout the day, helping to staff the shop, serve customers and gain an insight into what the working day looks like for staff at the charity’s retail shop.

The shop sells low-cost furniture, electricals and white goods – recycling and refurbishing items which are then sold to raise funds to support projects for young people.

St Luke’s Cares manager, Sally Thums, said:

“Working with Getting Clean has been such an inspirational experience.  Hearing how volunteers are dealing with their addictions whilst supporting each other and the community is something which truly warms the heart. We hope to collaborate on future projects. It’s a truly amazing organisation”.

Lucy Potter, Corrina Noble, Linette Blake, Niel Myers and Tyvin Hague from St Luke’s Cares also attended on the day to support the team of volunteers.

Getting Clean founder, Chris Sylvester, said:

“What a brilliant day! The generosity of all at St Luke’s Cares is something to marvel at – our volunteers felt like part of the team and this experience for them is invaluable in their continued recovery. To have received £800 from this amazing charity is overwhelming. It will help us significantly with our plans for growth in 2023”.

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