Alnwick Shop receives surprise cheque

The Salvation Army charity shop in Alnwick received a £750 donation this week after local CEOs and business leaders took part in a sponsored sleep at The Alnwick Garden.

The ‘CEO Sleepout’, part of a wider fundraising initiative, took place on 20th November in the gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle and was organised to raise awareness and funds for people experiencing homelessness. Over £14,000 was raised in total, and shared between local and national charities that work to support those without a home and tackle the issue and its causes.

Mark Brassell, Director at The Alnwick Garden, took part in the event and raised over £500 in sponsorship. He said: “The Salvation Army directly assists with homeless people in the region and that was the key focus of the event. We have massive respect for the work they do.”

“We know the funds will be put to good use particularly this time of year when conditions are really tough for people living homeless.”

The charity shop received a phone call from Mr Brassell last week once the fundraising totals had been finalised and the recipient charities had been confirmed.

Shop Manager, Yvonne Donkin, who has worked with The Salvation Army for three years, was delighted to receive the call: “We are really grateful to The Alnwick Garden for the donation. I know the fundraiser must have been a challenge for those involved, and the money they have raised will really make a difference”.

In total The Salvation Army have more than 80 homelessness services around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It runs a number of courses and activities at all its Lifehouses which range from employment skills and cookery classes to how to keep their tenancy when they get somewhere to live, an important part of breaking the cycle of homelessness.  

CEO Sleepout was established in 2014 to raise money to fund projects that fight homelessness and poverty, and has so far raised more than £1.4 million.

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