Supporting Homeless People at Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas, Wakefield & District Housing invited SBS and other supply chain partners to make a contribution to a project that provides help and support to homeless people.

As part of the organisation's community Christmas festivities, WDH hopes to distribute around 100 backpacks - containing warm clothes, hygiene products and staple foods. The packs will be given out in key areas by Wakefield Baptist Church and Soup4em - a charity based in South Kirby.

Wakefield Baptist Church offers homeless people a warm meal, washing facilities and overnight stays during the cold winter months. Soup4em does similarly valuable work, providing homeless people and disadvantaged families with hot meals twice a week.

Besides the backpacks, the project also aims to provide food parcels to support the activities of Soup4em and Knottingley Food Bank.

As one of WDH’s EWI framework contractors and a company that has long recognised the importance of supporting local communities, SBS was only too happy to make a £250 donation to the scheme.

Explaining the decision, SBS Commercial Director, Gary Lawson said: "This is clearly a very worthy cause and we've been more than glad to help. We routinely work in the social housing sector and we work hard to address important social issues such as fuel poverty, but it sometimes easy to forget how many people live without any permanent home at all.

"This Christmas initiative by WDH is a great way to get help to people who need it, but it's also an important reminder about the value of housing provision generally - now and throughout the year. We and other supply chain partners are supporting it, but I'm sure the team at WDH would welcome offers from any other organisation that wants to help."

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