Circle Bath Hospital aids homeless hostel

Some tasty support was given to Bath’s hard-pressed homeless hostel during their busiest time of the year.

Leading private hospital, Circle Bath, donated a delicious evening meal to all 35 of the clients who made use of the charity’s emergency beds.

Julian House provides range of services to homeless and vulnerable individuals including: supported housing, domestic abuse services, social enterprises and an assertive outreach service.

The charity operates 167 bed spaces. However, its direct access hostel remains one of the most important – often providing a first stage in the process of moving people off the street and reconnecting them with their local community.

Julian House fundraising director, Cecil Weir, is full of praise for the company’s support. He said: “Circle Bath have been marvellous supporters over many years – financial, gifts in kind and great advocacy.”

“Although we always try and be quite careful about our costs a 24-hour-a-day facility like the hostel does have its overheads.

The wear and tear on the building is significant plus we have less obvious expenses such as: linen and mattresses; training for staff; catering supplies and of course the dreaded utility costs.

“Our milk and coffee bill alone is an eye-watering amount. When organisations provide targeted support in kind it means that we spend less money on these things and more on extra supported housing and even to develop new social enterprises.”

Offers of support in kind should be directed to Cecil Weir at Julian House – cecil.weir@julianhouse. org.uk Donations to the Christmas appeal can be made at www.justgiving.com/julianhouse/donate

From left, Laura Hill (head of Nursing &AHPs - Circle Bath), Neville Peaker (chef - Circle Bath), Jess Gay (senior community and events fundraiser - Julian House), Cecil Weir (fundraising director - Julian House) and Sarah Jones (hospital services lead - Circle Bath) pictured with free meals prepared for homeless

Picture: Artur Lesniak

Published by Bath Chronicle, 03/01/19
Article by Olivia Scull, Print writer at Reach PLC, 01225 322 273, oliviaalexandra.scull@reachplc.com

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