St Helens homeless charity celebrates its 10th anniversary

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A homeless charity has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Hope House was opened in 2007 with the motto: We’re not just for Christmas.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the local companies and individuals who donated food and gifts, and to our amazing volunteers who selflessly gave their time to help provide breakfasts and Christmas dinners to the homeless of St Helens. 

“As well as being fed people were given a present and a new set of clothes and had an opportunity to access personal care too.

“For those of you who don’t know about Hope House, it’s part of the Hope Centre, a charity local to St Helens - Hope House engages with the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless with its doors being opened Monday to Friday 52 weeks a year and every year a special effort is made over the Christmas period.

“On Christmas Day & Boxing Day Hope House extends its usual business hours to make the festive season ‘normal’ for people whose lives are less conventional and afternoons of snoozing and watching DVDs was order of the day. 

“All the services we provide at the Hope Centre and Hope House can only be achieved by the kindness of strangers, so thank you once again – we hope you’re reading this.

“If it’s a cause you would like to donate to please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Our contact details are on our website and you can read more about our projects there too  www.hopecentre.org.uk.”