'The suffering is so visible': Ilford business owner to give £3,000 to help rough sleepers
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2018
An Ilford business owner has pledged £3,000 towards a campaign to tackle the borough's rough sleeping crisis.
Tax Resolute is the latest business to get behind crowdfunding campaign Redbridge Together.
Owner Jesminara Rahman, 46, told the Recorder she has been a part of the Ilford community for nearly four decades, setting up her business in Coventry Road in 2015.
“Every morning, when I walk to the office, I can see people on the street,” Jesminara said.
“The suffering is so visible.
“We have a lot of people that are doing their best to help – people cooking meals and trying to meet needs on a daily basis,” she added.
“But it is not a long-term solution.
“It’s not just simply providing food, we’ve got to look at the long-term vision.
Redbridge Together, of which the Recorder is a media partner, aims to raise £500,000 for Project Malachi and The Welcome Centre.
Project Malachi will see the creation of a temporary hostel for rough sleepers and homeless people made from recycled shipping containers in Chadwick Road.
Support workers from charity Ramfel will provide rough sleepers living in the hostel with immigration advice who need it.
The Welcome Centre, in St Mary’s Road, helps with providing hot meals, showers, clothing, laundry but also advice and support, training and employment and a nurse led clinic supporting health and mental health.
“I was looking for a platform which I think Redbridge Together provides,” she said.
“You look at the The Welcome Centre and you can see the money being put to constructive use - with job training and counselling.”
Jesminara added: “There have already been deaths within the homeless community and we’re concerned that it is going to be a much worse winter than in previous years.”
Earlier this month the Recorder revealed that at least 10 people have died homeless in the borough since October last year.
Among the other businesses to rally behind is Marks and Spencers, who have donated £5,000 and pledge to raise a further £20,000.
Businesses can support by donating money, raising funds, displaying Redbridge Together promotional material in businesses or offering work placements.
The campaign is an association an association between Ilford Salvation Army, The Welcome Centre, Ilford BID, the Ilford Recorder and Redbridge Council.
To get involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate £3 by texting LIFE to 70145 or at Crowdfunder.co.uk/RedbridgeTogether