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14th Aug, 2022

Vital donation helps 'pivotal' Rugby charity to help the homeless

A VITAL donation will help a ‘pivotal’ Rugby charity to keep helping the homeless.

Hope4 has received a £1,000 gift from housebuilder Barratt Homes West Midlands, to help with running costs and new equipment.

The charity’s Hope Centre in Newbold Road offers its clients clothing, showers, a clinic, and various support services depending on their needs.

The charity also runs Rugby Foodbank, which helped over 5,000 people – over a third of whom were children – in 2020.

Hope4 Service Delivery Manager Adi Robinson said: “Hope4 is a small charity working to support the homeless and those in food poverty.

“This generous donation will go towards our running costs and services, including support from a dedicated key worker, access to showers, laundry, clothing, access to computers and emergency food.

“Over the last 12 months we’ve worked with 106 individuals, 56 of which were new referrals to us. The support of our team and services is so needed by the client base, as facing homelessness is daunting and brings huge challenges to their general health and mental wellbeing.

“Thankfully we only had to close our doors for a short time during the initial lockdown. We have risen to the challenge of our Centre being Covid secure, and our clients have adapted to the changes really well. The impact of the pandemic for many has been immense but added to being homeless takes it to another level.

“Support for local charities is so important as they are on the front line of response to their given community and client base, such as ourselves, working directly with the homeless or those in food poverty.

“Our operating costs are around £200k per year and are always looking for community support in terms of funding. We are actively recruiting for 4,000 people to give £4 per month – if people can join our Hope4000 family and donate the price of a coffee, it would be fantastic!”

Adrian Evans, Managing Director of Barratt Homes West Midlands, said: “Hope4 is a pivotal part of the Rugby and wider Warwickshire communities. The relief it provides in regards to emergency food parcels and tackling homelessness has never been more important. We are very proud to support the charity’s immense work and encourage others to offer their support in any way they can.”

Visit www.hope4.org.uk for more information about the charity and its services.

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