Homeless charity hopeful for a new home - The Leamington Observer

Homeless charity hopeful for a new home

Laura Kearns 30th Jul, 2017   0

A CHARITY is hopeful they will be able to keep one of their most in-demand services running.

Helping Hands – which supports vulnerable and homeless people in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth – was recently dealt a devastating blow after discovering the building at Stoneleigh Park where they keep their donations is set to be demolished to make way for new businesses.

The charity use the site to run their ‘House2Home’ service – which provides household items to help people get back on their feet.

But after an unsuccessful appeal to find a new home, the charity had to resort to fund-raising to get the money needed to find a place of their own.

And now – after a three month extension of their stay by Stoneleigh Park – the charity believe they have found a home of their own.

Charity spokesman Anthony Dwyer said: “We have found a potential site in the Leamington area but can’t disclose where currently. The cost of this to the charity would be approximately £10,000 and we have set up a just giving fund-raising page to help us fund this cost.

“We would massively appreciate any support from the local community with this.

“We have helped over 200 families and individuals since November and the need is growing daily.

“Lots of local services and charities refer people to us who need support through our House2Home project to turn their houses into homes.”

And Anthony has thanked those who have enabled the charity to pay for the new premises after they were unsuccessful in a bid to get a donated site.

He added: “We can’t thank the local community enough for their donations, also a massive thank you to the amazing volunteers we have to help us deliver the project.

“Together we are all making a massive difference to local people in need.”

Visit mydonate.bt.com/charities/helpinghandscommunityproject to donate.

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