Charity donation helps the homeless keep warm during the cold weather
Published by kerri smith for Reach the People Charity in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
(left to right) Fred Duncan, who leads Trident Reach the People Charity’s homeless service, with Washington Court resident Muhammad Farooq and James Ackrill, Managing Director of Centrick Properties
Kind-hearted businesses have donated hats, scarves and gloves for a Midlands-based charity to distribute to homeless people in Birmingham this winter.
Trident Reach the People Charity was given 120 hats, scarves and gloves to give to the vulnerable people it supports as part of a donation organised by a local property management company.
Trident Reach helps around 1,200 people a year and its Washington Court centre in Granville Street, Birmingham, provides support and short-term accommodation to homeless people, with space for 98 customers at one time.
James Ackrill, who organised the donation, is Managing Director of Centrick Properties, which is based in the same road as the charity. Last year his company donated £30,000 to pay for a multimedia games room at Washington Court.
James said: “We are based in the same street and became involved to give our neighbour a helping hand. This time we rallied round our clients so we could donate hats, scarves, gloves and chocolates as gifts for Trident Reach Hub to distribute”.
Fred Duncan, who leads the charity’s homeless service, said: “I was astounded by the generosity of these local businesses. It’s already been extremely cold this winter and it’s not over yet. It was wonderful to be able to give out these gifts to help homeless people keep warm on the streets.”
Trident Reach the People Charity provides housing and support for vulnerable people – including people fleeing domestic violence, the elderly and people with learning disabilities – helping them to live independently and reach their potential through the charity’s residential services and work within the community.