5 December 2018
The first week of December, Barwood Capital hosted a Festive Breakfast for all its local contacts. Held at its office on Waterside Way, with bacon sandwiches and pastries aplenty, it gave everyone a chance to catch up before the Christmas season really kicked off.
With The Hope Centre being Barwood Capital’s Charity of the Year, it seemed fitting to raise awareness of the charity, especially at this time of year, when no one should be alone at Christmas. The Hope Centre is a Northampton based charity, helping people experiencing the most acute problems of disadvantage, exclusion and marginalisation. In the day centre for people who are poor and disadvantaged, many of the people who go there are street homeless – rough sleepers who have no proper home, with a roof, at all. At any one time, there are up to 60 of them in Northampton. The risks to them from the lives they lead are appalling – death, overdose, frostbite, being abused, set on fire, or harassed by property owners and authorities.
The Hope Centre needs donations all year round, but particularly at Christmas time, they ask for warm clothing and items to go into their Gift Packs, which they give out to their visitors on Christmas Day to spread a little Christmas cheer. In the lead up the Breakfast, all guests were asked to bring along a donation for the Hope Centre, anything from chocolate to toiletries and thermals.
The generosity of everyone was overwhelming; a real selection of donations, someone even brought 48 rolls of toilet paper! As a thank you, the guests went away with a mince pie and the knowledge they had helped someone less fortunate than them. Louise Danielczuk, Fundraising Manager, from the Hope Centre also came along to the morning, and commented “I just wanted to send a massive thank you…Wow is all I can say as I was just astonished at the amount of donations that were brought in. Events like (this one) take a huge amount of effort to pull together and organise and we really do appreciate everything that you have done to pull it together. It was great!”.
The event was brilliantly organised by Heather Pretty with support from Cerys Cheesman and Hayley Gordge.