Sheffield homeless centre’s £1.8m appeal hits £1m

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A £1.8m appeal for a residential centre for homeless and other vulnerable people in Sheffield has hit £1m.

St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queens Road held a St George’s Day celebration to mark the milestone.

The appeal is to finance nearby accommodation for up to 50 people who attend classes at the day centre to improve their social and employment skills to help them get their lives back on track.

St Wilfrid’s director Kevin Bradley said: “We launched the project in March and at the time there were some that thought we wouldn’t raise the money in the current financial climate.

“We’ve had support from Sheffield and across the UK and I am so grateful to each and every person and organisation that has donated, however big or small. I am confident that this will be a flagship scheme for Sheffield, which could be used as a model and rolled out across the country.”

He added: “Moving into a new home for many people can be a traumatic experience and just to give people a council flat does not always work.

“They move from town to town, which perpetuates the problem of homelessness.

People would live in the accommodation for up to two years. Plans have been approved by the council.

Among guests at yesterday’s (Wednesday) celebration were snooker star Ken Dougherty, former Sheffield United footballer Tony Currie and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Vickie Priestley.