Homeless service helped by Co-op

A PIONEERING service to help homeless people in Hastings has received a welcome cash boost.

The Hastings Homeless Service run by Sussex St John Ambulance is £1,613 better off after a donation from the Co-operative Membership Community Fund.

The money will help to pay for first aid, vital health care care and on-going support to some of the most vulnerable people in Hastings.

The much-needed service has been running health clinics since 2003 and helps people with serious illnesses and conditions which are common among the homeless, including trench foot, respiratory conditions and mental problems.

Markie Barratt, Sussex St John Ambulance’s homeless service manager, said, “We’re extremely grateful to Co-operative members for this generous donation. In these difficult economic times, it’s heartening to find an organisation which puts care of the needy at the heart of its business model.’

“The money will help to improve the lives of some of the most marginalised and desperate people in our community. In some cases our service is quite literally the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The cash has been taken from the Co-operative Group’s Community Fund which is made up from the profits made by Co-operative Group members. Last year the fund gave an impressive £1.7 million to charities, community groups and self-help organisations.