friday 18th february 2022

We help Rotary Club to bring comfort to Calderdale rough sleepers

We have helped the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge support rough sleepers across Calderdale this winter by donating towards its Rucksacks4Homeless project

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We support Rucksacks4Homeless project

We are building new homes in Calderdale at the new Stonebrooke Gardens development in Hipperholme, and this winter donated £300 to help the club fund more rucksacks.

Rotarians launched the project four years ago to help those who find themselves sleeping on the streets in the Calderdale district. 



The club has so far supplied over 250 rucksacks containing items such as a sleeping bag and mat, waterproof gloves, a hat, gloves and scarf, and a hygiene box with essential personal hygiene equipment.

They have produced videos about the work they do to support the homeless on its YouTube channel including the story of Colin, who was once homeless but now acts as an ambassador for the club.

Hazel Brindle, Project Leader at the Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, said: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for supporting our Rucksacks4Homeless project. 

“The value of these rucksacks to a rough sleeper can be demonstrated by an email I received from a support worker, which contained a photo of a man hugging the rucksack to his body with the caption ‘this rucksack probably saved my life’.

“This was such a powerful caption and one which makes our work so worthwhile.”

Ross Clarkson, Sales and Marketing Director, added: “As a housebuilder the issue of rough sleeping and homelessness is one that we are passionate about trying to solve, so we were happy to help the Rotary Club with the Rucksacks4Homeless project.

“We don’t want to see anyone sleeping rough on the streets, but we hope that our donation helps to bring some comfort to those who do find themselves in that situation this winter.”