Community Champions

Hills helps the homeless at Christmas

Written by Peter Davison.

Doorway chief executive Lisa Lewis receives a 150 donation from The Hills Group chief executive Mike HillSwindon-based company The Hills Group has shown its Christmas spirit by supporting local charities who help the homeless.

Instead of giving Christmas cards, Hills has donated £150 each to Doorway, a Chippenham-based drop in centre offering a range of services to homeless people and Threshold Housing Link, which provides accommodation for single homeless people and a Street Outreach Team which supports those who are rough sleeping in Swindon.

Doorway chief executive Lisa Lewis commented: “We are delighted that The Hills Group is supporting Doorway again this year.

"We receive no statutory funding so we are entirely reliant on the generosity of the local community to ensure that our valuable service continues.

"We will use the money towards our frontline service provision for those who are street homeless, sofa surfing, or struggling to maintain a tenancy over this winter.”

Lyn Cuss, operations manager at Threshold added: “Threshold would like to thank Hills for their kind generosity.

"This donation will go towards setting up a drop in session whereby those who are rough sleeping along with our residents can engage in therapeutic activities including arts, crafts, music and poetry.”

In addition to the cash donations for Doorway and Threshold, Hills’ is again providing free waste management services to Christmas Care – a local charity offering food and shelter to Swindon’s homeless over Christmas.

The Hills Group chief executive Mike Hill said: “We support a variety of local and national charities with fundraising activities throughout the year – and at Christmas we particularly like to help those who find themselves homeless.

"We hope that our donations help Doorway, Threshold and Swindon Christmas Care to continue their amazing work and can help vulnerable local people enjoy a happy Christmas.”