Terry’s story

Terry spent his entire working life in furniture and carpet sales, ending his career at Jarrolds in Norwich after 51 years in the industry.

He started out in Stratford, London where he met and married his wife Doris. After National Service, he returned to Stratford but was attacked and robbed one evening as he made his way to the bank with the day’s takings, leaving him badly shaken. His employers found Terry a job with Courts in Norwich and helped the family to relocate.

Fifty years on and Terry is delighted to be living in a peaceful part of Norfolk. He counts himself as almost a local, having spent years visiting customers in their homes all over the county to measure up for carpets. He and Doris raised three children there and although Doris has now sadly passed away, Terry is surrounded by his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

While he was working Terry was a regular contributor to our charity and was very grateful when we, in turn, were able to help him with a grant to meet the cost of Doris’ funeral. We also continue to support him with a small regular grant.

“I really appreciate how The Furniture Makers’ Company keeps in touch with me and continues to help me,” says Terry. “I loved my job and am still interested in the furnishing trade – I have a collection of sales brochures dating back to before World War II.”

How to get in touch

For more information about applying for a welfare grant, please contact Robin Lomas, welfare officer, by emailing welfareofficer@furnituremakers.org.uk or by calling 020 7256 5558.