Northampton ‘Hope for Christmas’ appeal launched

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A JustGiving page has been set up to help the homeless and disadvantaged in Northampton over Christmas.

The Northampton Hope Centre, based on Campbell Road, is hoping to raise £15,000 for its Christmas appeal.

The centre works to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton by giving people ‘a hand up not a hand out’ and has a history of successful charitable fundraising, last year managing to raise £11,000 over the Christmas period.

Each day, the Hope Centre supports around 120 people, providing hot meals, showers and clothes and also deliver a range of education, training and development activities. It costs £35,000 per month to run the centre.

Writing on the JustGiving page, organisers said: “This is the time of the year, in particular, when we need your help to give our clients the Christmas they deserve.”

“Can you help us by donating money to help give our clients a Christmas meal this year? By donating £10, you can reserve a place at the dinner table for one Hope Centre client this Christmas Day.”

“These days £10 might buy you a trip to the cinema, a few takeaway coffees or a pizza. These are luxuries our clients do not have. Could you live without these luxuries for a week and consider donating that £10 to us instead?”

“Your donations go a long way to helping the homeless and vulnerable in our community. Just this year (up to October) we have had 1,013 vulnerable people through our door.”

The centre has helped 35 people into jobs recently, including at local companies such as Greencore, Dalepak and Frank’s Hamburger House; and they have helped 132 people onto training courses.

To support the appeal, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/northamptonhopecentre/hopeforchristmas2017