Brighton & Hove Estate Agents Association committee members Phil Graves and Jason Brand, visited St Anne’s Day Centre this week to see the good work being accomplished for homeless and lonely people across the city.
The centre in St Mary’s Place, Upper St James Street in Kemp Town has been supporting the local community for the past twenty-seven years and offers a safe and friendly environment and where everyone, without exception, is welcomed. The Centre is mainly staffed by volunteers and needs to raise a considerable sum each year by way of donations to keep up the good work and the doors open.
The group provides breakfast and a three-course lunch and is open each day. Toiletries and clothing are also distributed depending on donations received.
Richard Acklam, the centre co-ordinator, commented, “We benefit from the Fairshare food arrangement in the city and try our best to serve good healthy food to those in need. It’s our way of putting something back into the local community.”
Phil Graves added, “It was quite humbling when the announcement was made to the group and those taking lunch all applauded our efforts. We are pleased we can make a small difference, especially as winter approaches.”
(Pictured is Richard Acklam of St Anne’s Day Centre for the Homeless and Lonely, accepting a donation of £500 from Phil Graves, President of Brighton & Hove Estate Agents Association)