Two of the wow-factor features of Donisthorpe Hall’s new Trudi Moss functions suite are the 90 inch television wall screens that impact immediately on visitors.
The suite doubles up as three separate activity rooms used on a daily basis by residents. The room will also be available for functions seating up to 180 people.
The screens were donated by Nick Glynne, owner of Buy It Direct, an online Huddersfield headquartered company selling goods that include computer equipment, television, household appliances and kitchen furniture.
Born in Leeds, Nick is now living and working in Huddersfield where he moved some two decades ago after living in Israel and Scotland.
For a time Nick worked for his father Martin in his textile business in Castleford which was formed by Nick’s paternal great-grandfather Jacob Galinsky.
Educated at Leeds Grammar School prior to reading social anthropology at Edinburgh university, Nick runs his hugely successful online business supported by a workforce of more than 200.
Last year’s sales beat all expectations with an increased revenue of £93.4 million which was up by 34% from the previous year.
Nick formed the business in 1999 introducing one of the UK’s first specialist shopping websites, focussing mainly on laptops and notebook computers by means of its brand Laptops Direct. The company has two showrooms, mainly for laptops, television and kitchen appliances in Huddersfield and Derbyshire.
Married, with one and a half kids (one on the way) Nick has a long standing connection with Donisthorpe Hall. “My great-grandfather was Louis Harrison and my grandparents Sheila and Abe Glynne were tireless workers at the home.
In 1956 the home moved from Chapeltown to the more leafy surroundings of Donisthorpe Hall under Mark Zermansky’s chairmanship. The building committee, headed by Louis Harrison, consisted of many well known Leeds lay-leaders.
In the same year a House Committee was formed with Dora Gordon and Nick’s grandmother Sheila as co-chairs. This committee was to play an important part in the internal running of the home. Today Sheila’s daughter and Nick’s aunt Josephine Brill continues the family involvement with her dedicated Donisthorpe volunteering.
During Donisthorpe’s new build the Trustees contacted Nick’s firm for advice on buying “some cheap tellies”.
“I tried to persuade them to go for projectors but soon realised it was a hopeless case,” Nick commented.
“After seeing the room now and how the TV screens currently look I can see why they stuck to their guns — the screens look terrific and work amazingly well.”
The company commits rigorously to charity giving each year and because of Nick’s connections to the care home he kindly donated the appliances free of charge.
Alexandra Myers, fundraising co-ordinator, said with pressure on government funding ever increasing, the home has to rely on donations and legacies even more than before.
By John Fisher