Just before Christmas, Ken Shipman, pictured second from the right and Julie Engall, pictured far right, representing the N&DAEA committee, presented the cheque to the trust. On hand to receive the money at the trust centre on Bishopgate, was Derek Player, pictured far left, general manager.
Ken Shipman, speaking on behalf of the N&DAEA, said: “We are aware that not everybody has a home for Christmas and all year round and so it was unanimously agreed that we would donate the money from the membership to a charity which helps with housing needs.” Mr Player said the money would go towards funding a vital new service of a one-stop centre in the city, called Under-1-Roof, which provides homeless people with help in getting into employment and training.
The St Martin’s Housing Trust was formed in 1972 with the aim of helping people who are homeless be accepted as individuals. It provides long term care as well as projects which enable people to go on to independent tenancy in the community. The charity relies on financial donations as well as food supplies, toiletries and other household items.