SALISBURY Trust for the Homeless received £1,000 from Tesco’s Community Grants scheme to buy essential fire doors for one of its properties.

The charity currently has 33 people living in multiple-occupation houses, providing a home for single adults who would otherwise have nowhere to live.

However, with recent Covid restrictions meaning that Trust volunteers couldn’t do street and supermarket fundraising collections to buy essential safety facilities, it applied to Tesco for a grant.

Gordon Pardy, from the Trust, said: “We’re very grateful to Tesco for this money. Everyone should be safe at Christmas and throughout the year, so we’re really pleased to be able to replace some of our fire doors for our clients.

“Our houses have to be fitted with fire precautions, which include fire alarms, fire doors and fireproof panelling. Fire doors have a life span of 10 years before they need replacing, and many of ours have reached that age.

“The Tesco funding will buy fire doors for the three bedrooms, the bathroom and the kitchen in one of our houses. The benefit is that it will help to provide a continuing safe environment for our clients on their route to returning to independent living.”

Salisbury Trust for the Homeless provides supported shared accommodation for single people who have become homeless.

Shaun Sennett, manager at Salisbury Tesco Extra, added: “We’re so pleased Salisbury Trust for the Homeless are benefitting from this funding. Their work makes such a big difference to the people who need their services. The charity’s selflessness is truly inspiring and we’re glad to play a small part in their efforts to change people’s lives for the better."

“I would certainly encourage other good causes in Salisbury to apply for Tesco Community Grants funding. The money is there to help make positive changes now and into the future," he added.

The Tesco Community Grants scheme awards funds to charities and community organisations that make a positive difference to their communities, with £500, £1,000 and £1,500 available. The scheme is run in partnership with the Groundwork charity.

To apply for community grant, visit:

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