Elisa’s story

Elisa was forced to retire early from her job as a sales assistant with national retailer John Lewis when her eyesight deteriorated,due to glaucoma, and digestive problems caused her severe pain.

She was finding it hard to make ends meet on just a small occupational pension. She heard about The Furniture Makers’ Company from her employer and got in touch to see how we could help.

Having worked at John Lewis for 12 years, Elisa’s length of service meant she more than qualified for a grant. Our welfare officer visited Elisa to understand her situation better. She had very little furniture and was in need
of some comfortable seating. She was also worried about how she was going to pay her heating and electricity bills.

The Furniture Makers’ Company was able to quickly award a grant so that Elisa could buy a sofa for her living room. We kept in touch with Elisa so that she was able to let us know when her utility bills
came in and we could give her some peace of mind that we would be there for her if she needed help.

Elisa said: “I am so grateful for your care and most of all for the understanding of my situation, I feel well looked after.”