Manchester charity, Mustard Tree, has received a donation of 62 new mattresses, worth £15,000, from local online mattress company, Leesa. The charity provides life support for people who are homeless and disadvantaged, helping communities where poverty and unemployment remain a key challenge, with bases in Ancoats, Eccles and Salford.
Despite Greater Manchester being a key economic centre, levels of poverty are a huge challenge, with over half a million people living in poverty, including 91,000 children. To help combat this, Mustard Tree offers emergency food and clothes and teaches life and employability skills through its flagship programme, the Freedom Project.
Adrian Nottingham, CEO of Mustard Tree said: “Bed frames are often donated to us without mattresses, or with mattresses that need replacing. We rely on donations such as Leesa’s – which was unique in the fact that the mattresses are brand new and custom made for us – to help provide a comfortable place for people to sleep, while having a positive impact on their quality of life. A portion of the donation will also be distributed to Betel UK, an addiction recovery programme that works closely with Mustard Tree to help transform lives.”
Co-founder and CEO of Leesa, David Wolfe, attended the event on the 21st March and helped unload the mattresses, seeing first-hand how they will be used. He comments: “The extraordinary staff and volunteers at organisations like Mustard Tree are real heroes and the work they do is extremely important. A good night’s sleep on a comfortable bed makes us feel more human – something most of us take for granted. I’m humbled to be able to make our first UK donation in the North West, where I grew up. “
Leesa gives back to local communities by donating one mattress for every ten sold to good causes through its social impact programme, One Ten, which is at the heart of the business. Leesa’s work with Mustard Tree takes the company’s total number of mattress donations to over 4,000 globally.