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Stamford firm does its bit to help eliminate homelessness

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is working with local and other specialist agencies to help eliminate homelessness in Stamford through its community fund.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is a significant employer in the Stamford area and has supported a number of local community initiatives since setting up its community fund a few years ago.

Members of St Georges Church and CIPS Community fund (6158244)
Members of St Georges Church and CIPS Community fund (6158244)

This has included schools, prisons, hospitals, sports clubs and community groups for the elderly.

On Tuesday, December 18, the firm presented staff from St George’s Church in Stamford with a number of items to distribute to homeless individuals such as filled rucksacks with four season sleeping bags, and other items, plus bivvy bags and tents.

St George’s Church works with other agencies on the ground such as Citizens Advice and other churches to signpost people in

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive officer of CIPS, said: “As a local business embedded in the local community, we must do all we can and take positive actions to improve the lives of others in our midst.

“I’m delighted we’re working with local agencies who know exactly who the individuals in need are so we can make the most of our precious resources from the Community Fund. Homelessness is a terrible situation, and I hope our activities make a real difference to individuals who find themselves without help at this important time of the year.”

Part of the funding also went towards feeding local people at Christmas through Second Helpings and other food items will be purchased and donated to the Stamford Foodbank in January. Donations from CIPS staff themselves also went to the Foodbank.

The Rev Martyn Taylor, from St George’s Church, said: “St George’s, Stamford Foodbank and Second Helplings are delighted to receive this generous support.

“No-one wants to be homeless at any time, but Christmas and the winter are particularly challenging times for those most vulnerable in our community.

“Contributions such as these are essential in helping us to work together and with other agencies to provide support to those most in need.”

The items were purchased with the support and advice of John Needell - a member of a group of individuals in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, supported by Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club, which provides rucksacks to the homeless, and help other organisations to do the same. John was head of procurement and facilities at CIPS until the beginning of December this year.

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