Dedicated Northampton volunteer wins £1K grant for his charitable fund that helps the homeless

TRUFeeds supports Northampton charities to provide meals, sleeping bags and beds for rough sleepers

Friday, 21st May 2021, 1:39 pm

A Northampton-based homelessness charitable fund has received a £1,000 grant to help continue its work helping those sleeping on the streets.

TRUFeeds supports other local charities including The Hope Centre, to provide meals, sleeping bags and beds for the homeless.

The charitable fund was founded by Bill Boorman, who was named a Chronicle & Echo Lockdown Legend, and is helped by his wife Fran, who looks after the admin and logistics of the operation.

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Bill Boorman with his £1,000 donation.

During the first lockdown, Bill sourced, cooked and delivered hot meals to homeless people in Northampton for 122 consecutive days.

Since the charitable fund started, more than 8,000 meals have been provided.

This work will now be able to continue as Bill has been awarded a £1,000 donation from housebuilder Barratt Homes.

Bill said: “We’re extremely grateful to Barratt Homes for its kind donation. During a time when raising funds is so difficult, it really helps to relieve some pressure.

“The donation will go directly towards providing beds for the homeless in supported housing.

“It will make a huge difference, giving two people a home for a month.

“The beds will go to those who couldn’t access public funds, and will save them having to return to the streets after three months’ accommodation.

“Our charitable fund has many different purposes.

“We help to provide beds for the homeless, and during this time we help them set up a bank account, provide cooking lessons and even provide them with bikes to help them get to and from work.

“On behalf of TRUFeeds, I would like to say thank you to Barratt Homes for its support.

“It means a lot to us, and the homeless, knowing big companies in the area are doing their part to support the community.”

The donation comes as part of Barratt Homes Northampton’s Community Fund initiative, which sees the housebuilder donate £1,000 each month to charities in the local area, suggested by employees.

Amer Alkhalil, managing director at Barratt Homes Northampton, added: “Our Community Fund initiative is designed to support the entire community, including some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

“TRUFeeds is doing an incredible job of supporting the homeless in the county. We hope this donation gives TRUFeeds more resources to continue providing this support where it is most needed.”

Search TRUFeeds on Facebook for more information about the charity.