£18k donation to help Newcastle’s homeless community
17 April 2019
A local charity which helps homeless and vulnerable people by offering ‘food and friendship’ has received a boost from Tesco Bank.
Following a year-long effort, staff based at the bank’s Quorum Business Park offices raised a total of over £18,000 for The People’s Kitchen, enabling the charity to help even more people and families in the city. The charity already helps more than 9,000 people by offering free hot meals, clothing and goods on the streets of Newcastle each year.
The money was raised by Tesco Bank staff taking part in a number of fun events, such as recording a Christmas album and completing a treasure hunt around the city centre. Some of the team raised almost £600 by taking part in a 5 mile walk to The People’s Kitchen to replicate the distance that some people who are homeless have to travel each day to get a hot meal, a shower and some company.
Established in 1985 by Alison Kay, who was in her 70s at the time, the key ambition of The People’s Kitchen is to help people in need. Relying on the help of volunteers and fundraisers, the charity offers food, clothes and friendship to those who need it.
In addition to the £18,000 raised by Tesco Bank, staff at the bank also delivered £1,000 worth of backpacks and almost £4,000 worth of clothing which has been distributed to visitors over the winter months.
David Yellowley, a volunteer at The People’s Kitchen, said:
“We are overwhelmed by this very generous donation and thank everyone at Tesco Bank who took part in the fundraising. This money really will go a long way to helping us to support people affected by homelessness.”
Holly Kerr from Tesco Bank in Newcastle, said:
“The People’s Kitchen is an incredible charity and is making a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Their positive impact is felt throughout the homeless community in Newcastle and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to help them.
“Colleagues from across our office in Newcastle have dedicated themselves over the last year to raise as much money as possible as well as rucksacks, clothes and items that will offer some comfort to those sleeping rough or feeling isolated from their families, friends and communities.
“We look forward to another busy year of fundraising and raising even more money to support the amazing work The People’s Kitchen do in Newcastle.”
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