Generous housing association gives funding boost to Hertfordshire charities

A Hertfordshire-based housing association have given £1,000 to two charities which help local people in crisis.

Thrive Homes has presented £500 each to Watford homeless charity New Hope and Rickmansworth Foodbank.

Thrive staff chose the charities they wanted to support, with the funds being donated by Thrive Homes instead of sending a corporate Christmas card.

New Hope provides accommodation and support to homeless people in Watford from seven schemes, with 60 beds available every night.

Sam Weightman, Community and Events Fundraiser at New Hope, said: “Over the last 27 years we have been incredibly fortunate to have had such strong relationships within the local community and we are very grateful for Thrive Homes’ continued support.

“To provide a person with support and a bed for the night works out at £34.34, so the money donated by Thrive will go a long way towards reaching our goal of preventing homelessness and transforming lives.”
Rickmansworth Foodbank, run by Mill End Community Trust, provides emergency food and support to local people struggling to make ends meet.

Iris Bangs, Chair of Mill End Community Trust, said: “In this financial year we have provided emergency food for three days to 979 individuals in Three Rivers District, plus 59 Christmas hampers of fresh produce.

“We have an ongoing relationship with Thrive Homes – their staff do a day’s voluntary work with us each year – and this cheque will help support our café and foodbank.”

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “We are always delighted to support the great work these charities do, offering a lifeline to local people in times of crisis.”