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Businesses Raise Money for Homelessness Charity

L-R Jackie Carpenter, Cameron Hall, Tam Armstrong, Denise Bowles, Sarah Hernandez, Peter McCormackA Derby-based housing provider has raised more than £800 to help homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.

Derwent Living has teamed up with social housing procurement organisation Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), the Dancing Duck Brewery and Rolls Royce to help raise funds for Derventio Housing Trust

The money will be used to help fund projects such as Growing Lives, an initiative that aims to help homeless people gain new skills, while improving their physical and mental wellbeing.

Peter McCormack, Chief Executive at Derwent Living, joined Derventio Housing Trust’s Managing Director, Sarah Hernandez at the Trust’s Orchard Works in Ilkeston to talk to tenants about day-to-day housing challenges and their involvement in the Growing Lives project.

Denise Bowles, a Derventio volunteer, said: “I liked [the idea] so much that I’m now a volunteer at the farm and I have already made some friends there. I think Derventio has given me opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise have had.”

Peter McCormack said: “Derwent Living and Derventio Housing Trust are natural allies within the social housing sector, but as Derventio deal directly with homeless and vulnerably housed people, they’re ideally placed to give maximum benefit where it counts to those without a roof over their heads.

“As a result, we’re very pleased to be able to help with fundraising opportunities. It’s important to remember that both our organisations exist to provide safe housing for those who need it the most.”

The two housing chiefs then discussed potential future collaborations between their two organisations.

Sarah Hernandez added: “We are thrilled that Derwent Living has chosen to fundraise for us. Their donation will help us to offer an exciting range of skill-building and learning opportunities for homeless people – from cooking to urban gardening – and will have a real impact on the lives of local people.

“I want to thank Peter McCormack and everyone at Derwent Living for their wonderful support, and I look forward to working together in the future.”