Above: Fiona Cook, Fundraising Manager of The Upper Room.
We have donated a van to The Upper Room, a registered charity working with homeless and vulnerable people, to help them to run their life-changing services.
Many of the people they care for are from London’s most deprived areas and include those who are homeless, migrants, ex-offenders and generally in desperate need of help to improve their living conditions. Originally, the charity had applied via the Axis Foundation but we were able to provide the same benefit using one of our vans that was being decommissioned.
Based in Hammersmith and Fulham, The Upper Room runs a number of services such as UR4Jobs which is a specialist employment support service. They also run English classes and multilingual CSCS training to help people using their service to secure work and become economically independent. In addition to this, the charity runs UR4Driving, an award-winning program which supports ex-offenders by trying to break the cycle of re-offending. This works by providing driving lessons in return for work within the community.
This donation would benefit one of their main services, UR4Meals which functions as an entry point to the charity’s range of employability focused projects. This in turn assists with their reintegration into society and towards economic independence.
Speaking about the donation, Fundraising Manager, Fiona Cook said: “The van would really help us keep down the costs of running UR4Meals. It will allow us to keep collecting the dried goods that we receive during the harvest from approximately 64 churches and schools across London. This is coupled with the fresh surplus of food that we also receive from other companies such as the Felix Project, City Harvest and Nando’s Chicken. All the food collected lets us produce over 32,000 meals every year at a cost of less than £400 on food. ”
The van will also be used for the collection of furniture and clothing as well as reducing the cost of transport to and from fundraising events.