The Teardrops Centre, a community hub providing services for homeless, rough sleepers and vulnerable people in St Helens, was nominated as a worthy cause for funding from the Provincial Foodbank Appeal by Brian Honey, Director of St Helens Masonic Hall.
Mersey Valley Group Chairman John Murphy together with the group charity steward Gary Devlin and Brian Honey, along with group publicity officer Paul Brunskill attended the centre and were greeted by the CEO Denise Kelly and the centre manager Nick Dyer.
Nick Dyer gave a tour and explanation of the work and services such as advice regarding employment, benefits interview and key skills as well as providing much needed hot meals and a warm and safe environment for the service users.
Funding for the centre is dependent upon charitable donations of food and basic living provisions and cash to pay for day to day running. The group chairman was pleased to present a cheque for £600 raised from donations from the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and Mersey Valley Group members to the CEO Denise who was overjoyed to receive the essential addition to their funds. John, Gary, Paul, and Brian then joined in with some of the service users for a chat and a cup of tea.