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Homeless shelter serving Barking and Dagenham gets boost from music concert

PUBLISHED: 09:51 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 29 September 2014

Revd Steven Hanna leads a prayer. Picture: Anthony Weil

Revd Steven Hanna leads a prayer. Picture: Anthony Weil

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A shelter for the homeless got a huge boost after funds were raised at a music concert.

Revd Steven Hanna sings with mayor Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe. Picture: Anthony WeilRevd Steven Hanna sings with mayor Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe. Picture: Anthony Weil

More than £4,000 was raised for the Hope4BarkingDagenham homeless shelter with upwards of 300 people turning up to hear the Trinity Church Choir and Orchestra, from Brentwood, perform at St Elizabeth’s Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham.

The shelter was set up in February and ran for three months, three days a week, providing shelter for up to 15 guests a night.

According the Revd Steven Hanna, during that time it dealt with 170 referrals, helped nine people to gain more permanent accommodation, 12 to gain benefits and two to gain employment. It aims to reopen again on November 3, running seven nights a week.

“We were delighted with the amount raised,” said the vicar and shelter co-founder.

The concer took place at St Elisabeth's Church, Dagenham. Picture: Anthony WeilThe concer took place at St Elisabeth's Church, Dagenham. Picture: Anthony Weil

“Homelessness is possibly the worst kind of poverty. People who are homeless are very ordinary people like you and me who have fallen on hard times – they are not some strange breed to be avoided.”

The concert, held on earlier this month, was attended by council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell and mayoress of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe.

If you wish to volunteer or donate towards the shelter, contact chairman Mick Mednick at The Source, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking.


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