CDS raise £3,729 for St George's Crypt
In 2019, CDS chose Leeds based homeless charity, St George's Crypt, as our Charity of the Year. During the year, we held many exciting fundraising challenges, including climbing the Yorkshire three peaks, completing the Leeds 10k, and we took part in collecting money on our streets for World Homeless Day. Staff also swapped their desk job to help prepare and serve lunch to over 100 people who regularly access the Crypt.
Through our fundraising, we were pleased to present a cheque this week for £3,729, which will go towards supporting St George's Crypt rehabilitation project, Growing Rooms. We have also contributed over £600 in support of the charity's commercial catering enterprise, Nurture, which provides training and employment opportunities for ex-homeless people.
Andrew Omond from St George's Crypt said: "Over the past year, Growing Rooms has gone from strength to strength. It now offers 20 people the chance to live together and provides a pathway to developing the necessary skills to help independent living and reintegration in the Leeds community."
Andrew added: "We have seen huge successes, with nine people leaving the programme abstinent, housed and going into employment, which is fantastic and a testament to the success of the programme. We work with the city to offer a unique and highly successful form of addiction rehabilitation, and without CDS' support, this would not be possible; Growing Rooms is completely donor-funded and built on the ethos and vision of people with lived experience for those with lived experience."
Jonathan Astin, Chair of the CDS Charity Committee, said "As a communications agency, based in the centre of Leeds, we are acutely aware of the homeless issue and social challenge facing the city. Through our partnership with St George's Crypt, we have helped raise awareness of homelessness and raised funds to support the charity's rehabilitation programme, Growing Rooms. We hope that our support will make a positive difference and enable the charity to continue to provide essential services and a pathway to independent living."
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