"Homestore was our lifeline"
"I’m originally from Sri Lanka where I fought against injustice" says Afham.
After experiencing terrible violence Afham's family came to the UK and he worked as a disability support teacher for years.
Then his work papers were rescinded. His home followed and he, his wife and two children were rehoused in an empty flat.
"We just can't afford furniture"
Homestore sells second-hand furniture exclusively to people on low incomes like Afham.
With his membership card in hand, Afham's family were able to buy everything they needed without getting into debt.
“I bought a table and for the kids I bought a book shelf, cabinet dresser and a computer table. It’s very important to me that my children have a lot of books.
More than saving money
"Anywhere else you just get customer service. But at Homestore they’re concerned about my problems and why I’m in my situation. It was like, you’re not alone.
When you’re lost and down that picks you up. Since the Homestore delivery when something breaks my children say, 'daddy, it's ok. We can go and buy something.' They will point at what we bought there and remind me, happily, that it is from Homestore.
Giving back to the community
"The computer table I bought from Homestore for a reasonable price, that is the table I’ve been sitting at when I’m helping other families.
It’s life saving, especially for kids in my experience. Homestore meant our survival and our future. It's not like any other place. There’s freedom.Without furniture you can’t do anything."
Afham and family, Homestore customers