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Ardenglen raises £3000 in aid of homeless

Ardenglen Housing Association raises £3000 for homeless charities.

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Ardenglen raises £3000 in aid of homeless.

Ardenglen Housing Association has raised nearly £3000 for homeless charities over the last few weeks, culminating in a five-strong team ‘sleeping in the park’ as part of Social Bite’s renowned ‘Sleep in the Park’ event.

The Ardenglen team even met Social Bite founder, Josh Littlejohn MBE, when he visited Kelvingrove Park during his whistlestop tour of Scotland’s four principal cities taking part in the awareness event.

Josh praised the efforts of the housing association saying it had done “a magnificent job.” The total raised across Scotland by ‘Sleep in the Park’ is surging past £3 million.

The five members who took part in the Kelvingrove Park event were: Audrey Simpson, Diane Hendry, Leanne McGowan, Kerri Downie and Allana Hammell.

The fundraising by Ardenglen - which has take part over the last few weeks - saw the figure rise to almost £3000.

Chief Executive Audrey said: “Not for a moment did we wake up the following morning and think that we remotely understood what it is to be homeless.

“There was something very powerful about bringing thousands of people together to focus on trying to help on this vital issue. Thanks to Josh Littlejohn MBE for meeting us  and to everyone who sponsored us.”

Ardenglen would like to thank its contractors for helping contribute to the money raised. They are City Technical Services, Sidey, McTaggart Group, The Print Brokers and Caledonian Maintenance Services

The Ardenglen staff took with them a banner specially produced by Ardenglen’s “Sew Fabulous” group which offers the opportunity to learn new skills through the manufacture of textile goods from reclaimed fabrics.

Philanthropist John Watson OBE who helped fund the Glasgow Sleep in the Park singled out housing associations for a special mention.

He said: “We know there were many housing professionals representing a number of Scottish housing associations sleeping out at Kelvingrove. Their willingness to join the fight to defeat homelessness is a shining example of the dedication that they offer in their working lives to helping others and which defines Scotland’s housing association movement.”