Lovell East Anglia has renewed its support of a Norfolk-based charity dedicated to tackling homelessness, and has announced the results of its fundraising efforts for the first quarter.
Between January and March, the leading developer raised a total of £677.52 for St Martins Housing Trust, its nominated charity for 2019.
Founded in 1972, the non-profit organisation has worked tirelessly ever since to address homelessness and promote independent living among those living in Norwich and Norfolk, offering a range of services such as a ‘direct access’ hostel, male only hostel, residential care for mental health problems and substance abuse, temporary accommodation, and a training and development centre to help people develop the skills.
To show its support for St Martins, Lovell held a number of fundraising activities throughout the first quarter, including cake sales and raffles, with other events planned for later in the year.
The money will contribute to the development of the charity’s new 20-bed Housing First accommodation project, which is designed to meet the needs of those individuals for whom communal hostel living is not appropriate.
This is the second consecutive year that St Martin’s has been Lovell’s nominated charity, with £542 having been raised for the charity in 2018 after staff took part in Gung-Ho!, a five-kilometre inflatable obstacle course.
Simon Medler, managing director for Lovell East Anglia, said: “We are very proud to have renewed our support of St Martins Housing Trust for a second year in a row.
“The work that the charity does has already improved the lives of countless people affected by homelessness, and we hope that our donations will help many people to get into full-time accommodation.”
Dr Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive of St Martins, said: “We are truly appreciative of the support that we have received from Lovell over the last 18 months.
“The funds donated will go towards the development of our new Housing First accommodation initiative; an important part of our Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021.
“This project will make a real difference to people who are sleeping rough in Norwich and Norfolk; we are within touching distance of delivering our vision to reduce the number of rough sleepers to single figures that can be counted on one hand.”