We are very proud to announce that we have acquired the use of a building in central Slough, called Dukes House (a vacant office space on the Queensmere shopping centre site), and are in the process of clearing and cleaning it ready for occupation. Our aim is to use it as a central repackaging and distribution centre for food and goods in Slough, with these items passed on to a network of local organisations and of course our London and Slough Runs. The centre will be staffed by volunteers.
In addition, we plan to use the ground floor of the building as a furniture repair workshop, with skilled volunteers – including the formerly homeless – providing valuable carpentry training to those in need. The proceeds from the resale of furniture will support further community assistance.
This is very exciting for us as an expanding charity and we are hopeful that being centrally based will enhance both our work with the homeless across Slough and our contribution to the local community.
The Trustees and supporters of the London and Slough Run were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Terry McDonnell. Terry held the post of Treasurer at the Charity for over 25 years. During his time as Treasurer, Terry over saw the growth of the Charity and its fundraising capacity. Terry laid the foundation for funding the Slough Winter Night Shelter and ensured it’s longevity through financial prudence and good governance. Terry helped thousands of people he never met, he was a deeply committed Christian and helping the homeless and vulnerable was an integral part of that witness. Terry was always very cheerful and a great support to the board of Trustees. He will be missed and remembered with great fondness and affection. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Terry’s wife Ros and family. The Funeral will be live streamed from St Joseph’s, Gerrards Cross, tomorrow at 1.30pm
We are very proud to announce that our Trustee Malcolm has won the ‘Volunteer Award’ at the recent Berkshire High Sheriff Awards!! Malcolm works tirelessly supporting both the homeless and people in need so we are delighted his hard work and dedication has been recognised. Well done Malcolm!
Due to the Covid pandemic, we have concluded that there is no way we can safely operate a Night Shelter this year. The numbers of people sleeping rough in Slough has decreased significantly, in large part down to the successful efforts of the housing and outreach teams at Slough council in finding accommodation for those who were put up in hotels during lockdown. We have a project in place where we have leased two houses from the council to accommodate a number of rough sleepers without recourse to public funds. We may expand this project and will continue to provide B&B accommodation for vulnerable people where we can. In addition we have a new project about to launch in Slough in partnership with M&S where we will have an outlet to distribute surplus food from their stores to those in need . This will be situated in central Slough and we will need volunteers to help run it. I will send more details as soon as we are ready to launch. We continue to rely on your support and I would like to thank you for all your hard work over the last 7 years on the Night shelter project; you have helped hundreds of people find shelter and support.
There is a unique opportunity to make permanent changes to the lives of rough sleepers and sofa surfers who have been housed every night in the borough during the coronavirus public health emergency. More here – https://t.co/oH9JgHw2U1pic.twitter.com/8SCxCikFDk
Looking at the past week, as ever there has been lots of activity at the Run: dinners and breakfasts cooked, donations made, volunteers laughing in the face of Storm Dennis as they delivered Sunday lunch! The Twitter feed captures this on a daily basis, but its worth highlighting that many hands make the Runs and Shelter work. Again, many thanks to the churches, St Mary’s, St Augustine’s, Slough Baptist, Christ The Worker, St George’s, Holy Family, St Andrews & St Josephs, as well as Slough Outreach, Burnham Fish & Chips, Hilton Hotels, and The National Trust!
On a very wet, but thankfully mild night, on the 23rd of November, approximately 60 people participated in the Slough Sleepout for the Homeless.
As a result of the Sleepout, almost £20K has been raised, every penny of which will be used to fund the Slough Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. The Shelter opens from mid-December 2019 until the 5th April 2020 and typically accommodates 40-50 people, providing a warm and safe environment along with good food, companionship and care.
Will Mellor, Patron for The London and Slough Run, officially opened the event, Tan Dhesi, outgoing Labour MP, addressed the audience congratulating them on their efforts and the Mayor of Slough was also in attendance on the night.
Thank you once again for your kind support and if you need any further information regarding this event or in relation to the work of The London and Slough Run, please do not hesitate to ask.