Date: Thursday 15 March 2018
The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge’s ‘Rough Sleepers Rucksack’ campaign has been saved by a last-minute cash boost from our Yorkshire team. The rotary club, which is based close to the region’s Calder View development, hadn’t had any donations towards its £1,000 target with just 24 hours of fundraising to go, we swooped in to contribute the full amount.
Hazel Brindle, President of the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, explained: “We first chose to do our part for the issue of homelessness when we heard about Molly Cornish’s dignity packs, that were filled with all sorts of essentials people experiencing homelessness find themselves without, and we wanted to do the same.
“The rucksacks can be quite expensive to purchase and fill, which is why we set up a fundraising webpage. The sacks will include beanie hats, socks, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags, first aid kits, toothbrushes and deodorant to name a few items.”
Debbie Whittingham, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said: “We’re proud to be supporting this worthy initiative. The Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge has inspired us with this beautiful act of kindness, which really resonates with what Taylor Wimpey endeavours to achieve – building strong and supportive communities.
“With our Calder View development nearby, it is important to continue building foundations within the Sowerby Bridge community and helping local causes, such as the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge.”
Hazel concludes: “A big thanks to Taylor Wimpey for the part it’s played in getting this community initiative off the ground – it’s made such a wonderful difference to the people of Sowerby Bridge.”