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Cash for SASH - £10,000 boost
AN EXPANDING charity for homeless young people has raised enough money to help fund a move into a larger new base in York following publicity in The Press.
York Vikings Rotary Club has donated £10,000 to the appeal by SASH (Safe and Sound Homes), which finds volunteer hosts in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire willing to put up homeless people aged 16 to 24 for a few nights so they have time to sort out their problems.
The Press reported only last month how SASH had launched its bid to raise £12,000 to refurbish and adapt proposed new offices in Walmgate, after outgrowing its existing office space.
The charity said yesterday it had been delighted by the response, which also included a number of other donations, some from individuals who had also read the article. SASH spokeswoman Clare Usher said: “It definitely made a difference!”
SASH director Peter Robinson, thanking all donors, said: “We were absolutely delighted at the generosity of the York Vikings and the support they have shown to our work.
“Our Walmgate appeal was aimed at the local community and had already received a very positive response. This grant reduces the amount we will have to fundraise from elsewhere, bringing our move a step closer to reality.”
Graham Harris, President of the Rotary Club, said it was very pleased to work with and assist SASH in its continued efforts to help and support young people from York who had experienced the shock and trauma of potential homelessness.
“Their need for larger premises reflects the growing requirement for meaningful help and we are proud as Rotarians to be able to be a modest part of that ‘family’ of people who really care,” he said.
SASH, which arranged 986 nights of accommodation last year - double the number for the previous year - is set to move into a property previously occupied by the former community arts centre Space 109.
The building will be large enough for a separate room to be created to host support meetings with vulnerable young clients, to give them the best possible opportunities to overcome the many challenges they face.
*For more information about SASH, go to www.sash-uk.org.uk.
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