Opening its doors to the local LGBTQ+ community and beyond in 2018, Flamingos Coffee House has been a vital part of the Leeds scene since, providing a safe space for local LGBTQ+ groups, raising money for charity and being a much needed dry space to spend time with friends and family in a welcoming environment.
We as a country are facing an unprecedented challenge in Covid-19 and we all have a responsibility to help keep those vulnerable to the virus safe. For James and the staff at Flamingos this means extra time spent deep cleaning and disinfecting, but for many customers it sadly means staying at home isolated from the illness. This means that Flamingos is in danger; takings have already dropped and are only set to drop further as more and more people are forced to self-isolate, work from home or even spend time in hospital.
Nobody wants to loose Flamingos as the meeting space, socialising space and stuffing-face-with-cake space so we want to raise money to cover the lost money so James can continue paying rent, bills, suppliers and, most importantly, his staff (who are on proper contracts - not nasty zero hours contracts) - themselves valued members of our community.
£10000 would not cover everything but would go a long way to allowing Flamingos survive this crisis and come out the other side live, kicking and ready to give back to the community as only they are capable of.
We will be regularly posting stories and quotes from its many customers and devotees expressing just how much this space means to them.
- James O'Dwyer
- Tim Norwood
- david forrest
- Rob Ormiston
Organizer and beneficiary
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