Over 200 gifts were donated by suppliers and contractors of the Shipley-based housing group, with the money going toward the Cellar Trust’s mental health services, which support people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale, and Craven.
Craven Trust provides tailored support to help local people move forward in their lives, but have recently seen extra pressures brought on their vital services as a result of the pandemic.
Every year, staff with the Asset Management Service organise a prize draw in support of a different charity, and this time they raised the highest amount they’ve ever done.
Incommunities’ support for the Cellar Trust comes on top of donations made by the housing group to three local charities helping families urgently needing food and other daily essential items.
They are Bradford Central Foodbank, Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank, and the Welcome Trust in Kirklees.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ group chief executive, said: “Thanks to the wonderful support of staff at Incommunities and our partners we are delighted to handover this donation to the Cellar Trust.
“The pandemic has affected the vital services of so many charities – locally and nationally – and we hope our support will give a real boost to everyone at the Cellar Trust at this difficult time.
“As a local housing provider our staff see first hand the significant challenges many people are facing right now and we know the Trust do tremendous work to empower residents to move forward in their lives.”
Kim Shutler, chief executive of the Cellar Trust, said: “We are so grateful for the support from Incommunities, who we have worked with supporting people back into work for a number of years.
“This has, and continues, to be a very challenging time for so many people in our District and contributions like this make a huge difference when it comes to ensuring that we can be there for people when they need us.
“The funding will support our Emergency Appeal, which is to increase the capacity of our crisis provision when people are at their lowest.”
Image: Geraldine Howley (R) from Incommunities and Kim Shutler from the Cellar Trust with the ‘big cheque’ for £2,817
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