Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Over £21,000 raised for the homeless

Charity begins in Old Buckenham
There was a special gathering at the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham on Saturday 4 February when cheques totalling £21,006.50 were handed over to Derek Player, General Manager of the St Martins Housing Trust. St Martins operate many facilities to accommodate the single homeless of Norwich and Norfolk.
Each year around Christmastime, the people of Old Buckenham and the surrounding area make a special effort to collect funds for this charity.
Karen Watts, Manager of Sainsburys Attleborough, presented a cheque for £5,560 and Saphire Allen, Departmental Manager at Sainsburys Thetford, passed over a further cheque for £4,235. A further £1,137 was presented by Brian Parish of Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and £647 was handed over by Revd David Hill as a result of the collection at the Christmas Eve Candlelit Carol Service in Old Buckenham.
The representatives of St Martins expressed their gratitude to the many collectors and to the management of the stores involved. Derek Player then gave a short talk on how important the collection is to the charity, while John Mantle talked of his experience of St Martins, having initially been picked up sleeping on the streets and now working for the charity as part of their ‘Under One Roof’ project.

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