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Fundraising boost for Redcar and Scarborough charities

Wednesday 21 September 2022

We’re proud to have made donations to local charities after a colleague fundraiser brought in £2,000 for good causes.

The money will be split between:

Our colleagues raised the money through team building exercises, where points earned were converted into cash for the charities. Colleagues then selected two charities in each of the Redcar and Scarborough regions to receive a donation.

Discover more about the charities below.

The Eastfield Community Free Fridge opened in May 2022 to support the local community, with more than 40 local people attending on the opening day. It aims to help reduce the amount of food going to landfills and has recycled a tonne and a half of food, saving in excess of 200kg per week from being wasted.

The Rainbow Centre offers practical support to vulnerable people in the local community. This support can provide assistance such as an emergency food parcel, a hot meal in their community cafe, access to shower and laundry facilities, clean clothing, bedding and other household essentials.

Laura Young at Community Partnership & Engagement Manager at Beyond Housing said: “The Eastfield Community Fridge is a wonderful organisation which supports those in the community that need help the most whilst simultaneously contributing to stop food waste going to landfills.

“Beyond Housing is very fortunate to be able to support local charities and give back wherever we can. We’re grateful that we can be a part of the Eastfield Community Free Fridge’s journey.”

Jim Bullock, Treasurer at the Eastfield Community Fridge said: “We are hugely grateful for this donation, and it will go a long way to help us support the work of the community free fridge for the benefit of local Eastfield residents.

“The fridge opens its doors every Thursday 10am-12pm and we often have given out all our food by 11am as demand is so high, so this support is appreciated”.

The Chris Cave Foundation was established in 2005 by Theresa Cave, following the death of her 17-year-old son, who was stabbed in the stairwell of a block of flats in Redcar while visiting a friend.

Since his death, Chris’s mother and brother Tom have worked to prevent violent crime and to raise funds for projects that aim to ‘kill violence on the street’. The charity also offers support to families of victims of violent crime across the UK.

Footprints in the Community offers a variety of services under one umbrella to help address isolation and poverty in and around Redcar, and to provide a network of support to local people and organisations.

Rachael Crooks, Community Partnership & Engagement Manager at Beyond Housing, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support four charities, local to our two offices, that are such great causes.

“The Chris Cave Foundation delivers training and support not only to victims and their families, but also to fantastic projects all over the country that are working to make the streets safer.

“Footprints in the Community provides essential services to help combat isolation and poverty, and we’re glad to have provided them with a donation ahead of a winter where many people will need their help due to the rising cost of energy.

“Beyond Housing is part of its local communities and will always look for ways to support good causes and projects in the region.”

Theresa Cave, Founder of the Chris Cave Foundation, said: “Since the Foundation was established, Tom and I have worked with the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, as well as grassroots projects, to try and end street violence so no one else goes what we go through. Sadly, recent reports have highlighted that there’s still a lot more work to be done.

“I’d like to say thank you to the team at Beyond Housing for supporting us. Charities like ours depend on donations to survive, and we’re grateful that they thought of us for their fundraiser.”

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