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Added on: 20th October, 2017 by Samantha_10597
A Berkshire charity that helps the homeless has been named a Persimmon Homes Community Champion and received a grant of £1,000.
Pilgrim Hearts pledges to make things better for people sleeping rough, by offering a night shelter and weekly drop-in sessions.
Elaine Chalmers-Brown from Pilgrim Hearts said: “Homelessness is on the increase in Bracknell, and the number of people sleeping rough on the streets has doubled.
“But we want to make things better for the local community by opening a night shelter for the four coldest months of the winter, as well as running a twice weekly Drop-In Centre – open all year round in Bracknell – where the homeless can get the help they need to restore their lives.”
Pilgrim Hearts successfully applied to the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme, which invites local groups and charities to bid for a match-funded donation from a national fund. Two donations of up to £1,000 are made locally every month.
Elaine added: “Here at the Bracknell Night Shelter, we will provide a bed for up to 17 people per night, two good meals a day, fresh clothing and washing facilities. We will be open every night from December to March.”
Elaine said that many homeless people are sleeping in tents or on the streets because they have no home and no job. Others, she said, have a job but cannot afford to rent or buy a home, they are ‘sofa surfing’ with friends or family. Many of them feel lonely and rejected and need help to raise their self-esteem. Some have drug and alcohol addictions.
“As a small, local charity working to improve the lives of the homeless in East Berkshire for the last 17 years, we are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for their donation, ” said Elaine.
Rachel Faulkner, Sales Director for Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “It is hard to believe that in this day and age, homelessness is on the rise, and particularly concerning that it is happening right on our doorstep.
“As one of the country’s largest providers of new homes, we are pleased to be helping this very worthwhile charity that makes such a difference to the local community.”
Two charities every month are selected to receive funding from Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, and charities can apply as many times as they like. For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity