Fundraising campaign launched for night assessment centre for homeless

PUBLISHED: 09:34 10 June 2018

Volunteers organising a charity walk around the Grand Pier to raise money for the homeless.

Volunteers organising a charity walk around the Grand Pier to raise money for the homeless.

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A campaign designed to reduce the number of homeless people on Weston-super-Mare’s streets was launched with a charity walk.

An action group, which aims to open a night assessment centre for the homeless, asked people to walk as far as they could to raise cash.

Supporting Weston’s Homeless kickstarted the campaign with a walk around the Grand Pier on Saturday which was organised by Paul Hobbs.

Paul, who has been fundraising for various causes over the past 24 years, invited individuals, couples and families to join him and other volunteers for three hours on a walk around the seaside attraction on Saturday.

People had to donate £5 each or £10 for a family to walk around the pier as many times as possible.

More than 40 people turned up throughout the day to take their turn along the boardwalk with some completing as many as 30 laps before continuing on with their day.

Mr Hobbs said he was ‘over the moon’ with how the inaugural event went, which raised £1,650 for the homelessness cause.

He added: “This event has launched the whole campaign and it was a strong start, doing so much better than we anticipated.”

The walk lasted three hours and saw Paul complete more than 30 laps.

Supporting Weston’s Homeless Facebook admin Liona Hurst said the addition of a night assessment centre would make a ‘huge difference’ to the whole of Weston.

The Facebook group is part of the committee which has been formed out of the churches, Somewhere To Go, YMCA and St Mungo’s to open a night assessment centre.

She said: “It is about helping rough sleepers to get back into the community. Hopefully by trying to do this it will help them to improve their lives and their futures.

“The night assessment centre will not just be a place for them to turn up to, sleep and then leave but it is about trying to get them into permanent housing and getting them to engage with the relevant services. We are truly overwhelmed by people’s generosity and it really was great to meet so many lovely people.

“We cannot thank Paul enough for helping organise this event. His support in aid of our cause knows no bounds.”

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