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Northumberland Estates Gives Donation to The People's Kitchen

2nd Apr 2024

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Newcastle-based homelessness charity, The People’s Kitchen, has received £23,400 from Northumberland Estates. 

Nominated by staff at Northumberland Estates as its charity of the year for 2023, the charity undertakes vital work, supporting homeless and vulnerable people throughout the region. Various fundraising events took place including a bingo night, an abseil at Alnwick Castle, coffee mornings, raffles, sponsored walks and a wreath making workshop.

The People’s Kitchen is a safe haven for those people whose lives can be chaotic. The charity supports those who might be sleeping rough, or recently placed in housing with no belongings. Many of the people that access the charities services don’t have access to nutritious food or have a support system around them. The People’s Kitchen make life on the streets a little easier by sharing hot meals and packages of clothing, toiletries, food, mobile phones and sleeping bags. The charity also works with services to enable people to move off the streets and provide food, furniture and bedding. As well as offering friendship and professional services to improve mental wellbeing.

Maggie Pavlou, Trustee, The People’s Kitchen said: “We were delighted to be chosen as Northumberland Estates' charity of the year for 2023. As a volunteer-run charity, we are extremely grateful to the team at Northumberland Estates for their financial support and to all the staff who gave up their time to volunteer for us. This amazing amount of money raised and increased awareness will make a huge difference to those who use The People's Kitchen.  Thank you.”

As part of the Estate’s employee-supported volunteering programme, staff took part in 4 volunteer days throughout the year at the charity’s base in Newcastle. Approximately 250-300 homeless and vulnerable people are fed by the charity each day, and staff were able to support their work by cleaning, preparing food and sorting donated clothing.

Northumberland Estates Community Fund was created to provide support to community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects that improve the quality of life across the region. The Community Fund aims to make a real and lasting difference by investing in community activities that have a meaningful impact. Since its formation in 2019, the Community Fund has supported over 500 organisations across the North East and continues to welcome applications from eligible groups.