£1,200 raised by a mufti day at Brooke Weston has been donated to a charity for the homeless. Northampton Hope Centre has around 60 people visiting each day for hot meals, clothing and showers. As well as providing these essentials, the centre also runs workshops and training where the homeless can learn skills such as how to cook healthy meals or apply for jobs.
The Hope Centre costs around £150,000 a year to run and it relies mainly on donations from schools, churches and local people. Formerly the Northampton Soup Kitchen, the organisation has been running for 35 years and it aims to give homeless people the skills and opportunities to build a better life.
Fundraising co-ordinator Debbie Galton said: 'We were really pleased and grateful to get the cheque from Brooke Weston. Ten schools in the county responded to our Hope for Christmas fund-raising campaign and we often go into schools to talk about our work with the homeless. Generally people give to charities associated with children, pets, the elderly and cancer; all things close to our lives or that they relate to. No-one likes to think they could ever be homeless. We're not just here to give the homeless a hot meal and a pat on the back. We're here to help them move on and build a better life; it's very satisfying work and makes a big difference to people's lives.'