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Homelessness hits home at Crawley fundraiser

Electricity workers in Crawley have been fundraising and collecting food donations for a charity close to home.

From Press releases - 24 January 2020 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks employees raised £177 yesterday from a dress down day collection in aid of Crawley Open House, in Stephenson Way. The team are also collecting food donations until the end of the month including sauces, tinned meat, tuna and tomatoes.

 

Mel Oakley, who helped organise the event at UK Power Networks, said: “It’s nice to help a local charity. One of our offices is next door to Crawley Open House and we have seen people heading there in all weathers looking for somewhere safe and warm to shelter. 

 

“Our staff wanted to show they care and highlight the important support the centre gives to people living with the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness and social exclusion.”

 

Ian Wilkins, from Crawley Open House, added: “Crawley Open House has been on the front line trying to look after the homeless and vulnerable locally for 25 years. We can only do this thanks to the magnificent support given by so many in our community, and we are so grateful to the team at UK Power Networks for their thoughtfulness and generosity, it’s massively appreciated.”

 

In 2019 UK Power Networks staff raised more than £160,000 as part of ‘community matters’ fundraising events, including bake sales and dress down days.

 

Crawley Open House is always looking for volunteers and donations to help those in need. To find out more visit the website https://www.crawleyopenhouse.co.uk/