July meeting - George and the Giant (Tinned) Peach

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 § 0

In our July meeting we were very pleased to have guest speaker Martin Patterson from St George’s Crypt, a facility for homeless people in Leeds.

Martin gave us an overview of the Crypt and how the building they use had been transformed from a working Crypt with bodies in to the facilities they have today including  bedrooms, showers and hot meals. 

We also learned about some of the current initiatives the Crypt is undertaking to expand it’s services to reach an ever wider audience as with the current day climate and tough times the Crypt is being used by more and more people from different backgrounds. We also crucially learned that becoming homeless is something that can happen to anyone in a swift change of circumstances.

The Roses bought lot s of raffle tickets in support of the Crypt and its work. We were also very impressed by a new idea, ‘Give me some credit’ vouchers. These vouchers can be bought in small books and instead of giving homeless people money when begging the voucher entitles them to a shower and 3 course meal at the Crypt. – for more information please click on the following link: (http://www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk/charity/index.php/component/k2/item/333-our-voucher-scheme-partnership-with-leeds-building-society)

The Roses also showed their generosity by donating lots of food for the crypt and the food bank they have set up with and we even got a fab thank you email from Martin:

"Thanks so much to all the lovely ladies at Buns'n'Roses for a really lively welcome, a fantastic response to the food drive and also the real support and interest you all showed in listening to my talk and for the support in buying vouchers and raffles tickets. It was a real pleasure to be with you."

It was a very engaging evening run by Martin and we’d like to thank him for his time and also wish the Crypt the best of luck with their up and coming fundraisers.

Just a tiny selection of all the food donated!

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