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28th March 2015

Agent praised after giving £5,000 to Croydon Nightwatch homeless charity

Staff at Streets Ahead have won warm praise for their ‘brilliant’ backing of the town’s homeless charity Croydon Nightwatch.

Streets Ahead have been long standing supporters of the charity, which has helped thousands of homeless people since it was founded almost 40 years ago.

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Jad Adams of Nightwatch, the charity which helps homeless people in Croydon, accepts a cheque for £5,000 from Lucy Day of Streets Ahead.

The estate agent has now donated £5,000 towards Nightwatch’s resettlement fund, which helps people rebuild their lives, by assisting them to buy furniture and equipment once they obtain a home from local housing authorities. The cash will also assist Nightwatch clients to find jobs by helping them buy essential equipment, like steel toe-capped work boots, and professional licences and work permits.

But Nightwatch Chairman Jad Adams says it is the practical and personal help that Streets Ahead staff provide which is most impressive.

“When they first got involved five years ago they asked someone from every one of their offices to come out and help, so they understood what we did,” said Jad.

“It was a brilliant way of engaging with us, both in letting us know who they were and making sure that their people knew who we were.

“Of course money is always welcome – we are never going to say no to a nice cheque – but the level of understanding and assistance that we have received from Streets Ahead far exceeds any monetary donation.”

Streets Ahead not only collect practical things like sleeping bags and duvets at their offices, they also printed the charity’s Volunteer Handbook for their 100 volunteer workers.

Everyone who works at Nightwatch is an unpaid volunteer so they strive to ensure that all money donated goes to helping homeless clients. Jad Adams says being able to print a professionally produced handbook would ‘simply not be possible’ if it weren’t for Streets Ahead.

“They have been a model example of a business getting involved in their local community,” said Mr Adams.

Streets Ahead Director Gary O’Hare and Managing Director Bob Hay are committed to supporting Nightwatch for many years to come.

“We have been one of the principle sponsors for Nightwatch over the last five years – it is a charity we are really passionate about,” said Mr O’Hare.

“All of our offices from Crystal Palace to Coulsdon, act as drop off points for sleeping bags and blankets for the homeless in Croydon.

“Both Bob and I, and 90 percent of our staff, have spent late nights distributing food and sundries to the homeless alongside the Nightwatch volunteers.

“Every year Bob and I are overwhelmed by the staff’s generosity in making monthly donations out of their salaries, and equally overwhelmed by the donations we receive from small, medium and large clients of the firm.

“Long may we support this worthy charity particularly on these cold winter nights.”

*CROYDON NIGHTWATCH was founded in 1976 when a group of local people came together concerned after the death of a homeless man in Croydon. Today a core group of trained volunteers meet every night at the Meeting Point in Queen’s Gardens in central Croydon to assist homeless people. They are often the first-line agency in identifying and offering help to the newly homeless. And will see up to 80 people a night. They reckon to make contact some with people in need around 29,000 times a year, seeing some 1,000 different people over the 12 months.
They also help with furniture for people in new accommodation and former clients who have furniture needs. Plus they offer vocational retaining and education to help clients – the formerly homeless – find work and rebuild their lives. www.croydonnightwatch.org.uk

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