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Longhurst Group makes festive donation to help homeless and vulnerable

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LONGHURST Group have helped to make it a happier Christmas for service users of the Grimsby Food Kitchen with the donation of a bumper festive food parcel.

Staff from across the Group, which owns and manages over 1,500 properties  in North East Lincolnshire alone, were encouraged to nominate groups and individuals they felt could benefit from a good deed in the run-up to Christmas.

Those deeds could range from the presentation of a festive hamper to an unsung community hero, the donation of a Christmas tree to a local charity of even some DIY at someone’s home or community building.

Nominations flooded in throughout the Autumn months with a judging panel coming together to carefully select those to be presented with awards, in partnership with project sponsors Keepmoat, Kier, Burleys, J R Allen, and Aaron Services.

The Grimsby Food Kitchen, run by Cath and Ken Homewood and their army of kind hearted volunteers, were nominated to receive a helping hand in their bid to help the area’s homeless and vulnerable.

Every Sunday, Cath and Ken serve up a hot meal and a secure meeting for their service users at their base on Cleethorpe Road in Grimsby.

Demand for their help often increases over the festive period, building up to Christmas Day, when the Food Kitchen runs a special service, when they’ll also dish out free breakfasts, deserts and selection boxes.

The donation from Longhurst and contractor Kier, which includes biscuits, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, rice pudding and hot chocolate, will contribute towards that festive effort and well into the New Year.

Cath said: “This will help so many people and it means so much to us to receive it – we can’t thank Longhurst Group and Kier enough for what they’ve done.

“We are going to use the items that we’ve received at our Christmas Day service and well into the New Year as we get through lots of milk and biscuits!

“We could not afford to keep going if it wasn’t for generous donations like this – we just couldn’t afford to do it.
“Lots of folk are on their own and lonely, especially at Christmas, with many living on the streets with no company. It’s wonderful to be able to bring them all together – not just at Christmas – but every week and show them unconditional love and non-judgemental support.

“After this donation, we’re bursting with the Christmas Spirit at the Food Kitchen after the kindness we’ve been shown. Thank you so much!

Initially an initiative launched successfully by Spire Homes, which has offices in Rushden and Rutland, this year, the Good Deeds campaign was opened out to all of the Group’s member associations, meaning that even more deserving people and causes were recognised.

Customer Engagement Team Manager, Helen Mead, said: “The Good Deeds of Christmas provides an excellent opportunity to thank those people in our community who voluntarily carry out good deeds to help others, like the Grimsby Food Kitchen.

“Spire had successfully delivered good deeds such as hampers, shopping vouchers and gifts for people in the Northamptonshire area for the last two years and we wanted to open this out to the Longhurst group as a whole to include all of our member companies; Longhurst & Havelok, Friendship Care and Housing and Axiom as well as Spire.

“It’s been a huge success with nearly 30 Good Deeds due to be given during the run up to Christmas.

"We'd like to thank Kier for helping to make this donation happen as well as all our other contractors for their support throughout the campaign."

 

Pictured are, from left; David Marsden, business manager at Kier, Leanne Potter, customer engagement officer at L&H Homes, Ken and Cath Homewood from the Food Kitchen, and Robert Bedford, team leader at Kier.