Bank gives homeless a boost

Staff from homeless charity The Ashley Foundation.

Staff from homeless charity The Ashley Foundation.

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A BLACKPOOL charity which helps homeless people has received a grant to help it carry out its work.

The Ashley Foundation, based on Abingdon Street, has been awarded £4,500 from the Santander Foundation’s Community Plus initiative.

The grant will help residents, many of whom are in recovery from alcohol or substance misuse, with potential resettlement into independent living.

Yvonne Ralston, branch manager for Santander in Blackpool said: “Community Plus allows our staff and customers to nominate local charities that are most in need of assistance.

“We are delighted to be supporting The Ashley Foundation and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

A spokesman for The Ashley Foundation said: “Any financial support is always welcome but to have recognition for the work we do in the local community from such a well-known name as Santander is hugely encouraging for our residents and staff.

“In the current climate, homelessness is a growing issue and it will take effective collaboration and partnership working to address it.

“We are hugely grateful to such a high street name.”

The Ashley Foundation also recently received assistance from house builder David Wilson Homes North West which collected more than 3,000 food items as part of an appeal across the North West.

More than 1.5 tonnes of food was delivered to a number of different charities.

The Ashley Foundation runs three 28-bed hostels in Blackpool which are open to homeless people of any age.

The organisation also runs a charity shop on Cookson Street in Blackpool, from which it collects, sells and distributes donated items including items of furniture.

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