Peterborough City Council and POSH have combined to raise awareness in our community of the work of Peterborough Soup Kitchen with homeless people in the city by giving the local charity a signed 1stTeam POSH shirt and two tickets for the first home game of the new football season in August.
The soup kitchen will stage a ‘free’ raffle of these items exclusively to its homeless and disadvantaged users during the second week in July, whilst serving much needed food and drink to its users.
Ian Davies, Chairman of Peterborough Soup Kitchen said: “We wanted to offer these gifts to our clients. Homeless and disadvantaged people so very rarely have the resources for leisure and enjoyment, so it was a natural choice for us.
“Through this simple example we wanted to highlight to the local community and organisations the importance of gifts and donations to a small charity like ours. As an example, in the past 3 years we have been given a commercial water boiler, freezers and fridges, much vital kitchen equipment, a used van, a large variety of tinned food and lots of surplus food that would go to waste unnecessarily. These have a combined value to our charity of over £9,000, if we had bought these items.”
The charity is now actively asking for more local organisations, small and large to give either ‘gifts in kind’, donate, to become a ‘friend of the soup kitchen’ or also corporate sponsorship and help to support its work in the local community.
The Peterborough public have also generously supported the charity by taking part in charity or sporting events such as the Great Eastern Run, Clipper Round the World yacht race or the London over £8,000 for the Soup Kitchen in the last 3 years.
Alex Harris, Commercial Manager for POSH said: “We were exceptionally happy to contribute a gift for a local homeless person and a friend to see the first POSH home game this summer”.
Marco Cereste, leader of Peterborough Council, who will make the raffle draw on the 19th July added: “As part of our sponsorship of the Peterborough United game against West Ham last season the players signed a first team shirt, so picking out the winning ticket for this raffle will be a pleasure. Peterborough Soup Kitchen provides a great service to the homeless and most vulnerable people in our city, so I am pleased to be able to support the charity.”
If local organisations, or individuals wish to give either ‘gifts in kind’ or donate, to become a ‘friend of the soup kitchen’ or areinterested in corporate sponsorship, they can contact Carlos Dominguez, the Fundraising Manager on 01733-380037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also read about this initiative on page four of Business Scene which can be viewed online.