Fundraisers help homeless people

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Staff at a housing group raised £1,350 through a string of events to help homeless people.

East Durham Homes workers raised the cash for its chairman’s charity, which for 2012-2013 was Centrepoint, by arranging a number of events and activities including dress down days, sponsored walks, tombolas, raffles, cake sales and quizzes.

The area manager for Centrepoint, Jennifer Tennant, and regional fundraiser Lindsay Peach were presented with a cheque at East Durham Homes’ annual general meeting.

Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1,000 young people, aged 16-25, in London and the North-East. It also supports around 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, East Durham Homes 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 fundraising events this year for this very worthwhile cause.”

Jennifer Tennant, from Centrepoint, 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.”