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Editor’s comment: Help us to help Ilford’s rough sleepers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 May 2018

Community members walked to the town hall for the planning decision on Project Malachi. Picture: KEN MEARS

Community members walked to the town hall for the planning decision on Project Malachi. Picture: KEN MEARS

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We’ve all seen people sleeping rough in Ilford town centre. Some will give them money, others will feel sympathy but be unsure what they can do to help.

Now there is a way everyone can help.

Project Malachi was launched in 2016 to provide a pop-up hostel in Ilford town centre for the borough’s rough sleepers.

Led by the Salvation Army, it plans to transform shipping containers into studio flats.

In March of this year Redbridge Together was launched – a campaign supported by Redbridge Council, this newspaper, Ilford BID, The Salvation Army, Project Malachi and The Welcome Project – aiming to raise £500,000 to help get the homeless off our streets.

Marks & Spencer has already donated £5,000 and pledged to raise a further £20,000.

Last week, all parties on Redbridge Council agreed to grant Project Malachi planning permission to site its hostel on a derelict site in Chadwick Road.

Hopefully it will take its first residents in October this year.

Redbridge Together needs your help. A £1 donation will pay for a hot meal for one homeless person.

A donation of £2.50 will provide a hot shower every day for a week.

A gift of £50 would pay for a motivational workshop for up to 10 people.

So please, if you can spare some money or can do some fundraising, text LIFE to 70145 or go to crowdfunder.co.uk/RedbridgeTogether.

Given some bad luck, any one of us could end up on the streets.


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