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Newbury Park church raises hundreds for Ilford homeless drop-in centre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2019

St Teresa's Church present £500 cheque to Ilford Sunday drop-in. Picture: Cyril James

St Teresa's Church present £500 cheque to Ilford Sunday drop-in. Picture: Cyril James

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A church in Newbury Park has raised £500 for a community project in Ilford which provides Sunday lunch for the homeless.

St Teresa's Church has helped support the Ilford Sunday drop-in for the last few years. The project provides Sunday lunch for people who are homeless or short of money due to benefit cuts or delays.

It is held from 1.30-3pm every Sunday at St Peter and Paul Church Hall, Ilford High Road next to the Cardinal Heenan Centre (entrance in right hand corner of the car park).

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They offer free soup, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and clothing, if available.

The centre, a small organisation funded by donations and with no paid staff, has been in operation since 1991.

Cyril James, a member of the parish council, presented the cheque to the drop-in team on Sunday (May 19).

Wendy Taylor, organiser of the Sunday drop-in, said: "The Ilford Sunday drop-in serves hot meals to about 45 homeless people each week, so we are truly grateful to St Teresa's Church for their very generous donation of £500. to support our work with people in need."

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