Group’s cash to help homeless

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A HOUSING group has raised cash to help people find a roof to put over their head.

East Durham Homes (EDH) has raised £1,350 for the Chairman’s Charity, which has been selected as Centrepoint for this financial year.

To raise the funds, staff arranged a events and activities including dress down days, sponsored walks, tombolas, raffles, cake sales and quizzes.

Centrepoint area manager Jennifer Tennant and regional fund-raiser Lindsay Peach were presented with a cheque at EDH’s annual meeting. Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1,000 people aged 16 to 25 in London and the North East.

They also support about 600 young people into positive and independent living with health programmes, life skills and learning opportunities.

According to Centrepoint, 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year in the UK.

Paul Morgan, EDH’s chairman, said: “It gives me great pleasure to present a cheque for £1,350 to Centrepoint.

“Unfortunately, as a company, we see first-hand the devastating effects of homelessness and how much needs to be done, so we hope the money we have raised will help.

“I would like to thank personally everyone who has been involved in arranging fund-raising events this year for this very worthwhile cause.”

Jennifer said: “We would like to thank East Durham Homes for their generous donation.

“The money raised will help us support young homeless people in the North East.”