A CHARITY providing vital help to the homeless and struggling families is gearing up for new measures as part of its expansion – and has even challenged the deputy PM to do more.
House of Bread, which opens every Wednesday at Trinity Church to provide a meal for those on the poverty line, will launch a raft of new projects in the coming months.
And last week director Will Morris had the chance to question deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the tightening of benefits help for job seekers.
During the LBC radio show we asked him for more compassion towards people struggling.
“It was an interesting debate,” said Mr Morris.
The charity is planning to launch an online business on internet auction site ebay, called Hob Shop, which will aim to raise cash for the charity.
It will also launch Family Bread in Doxey on April 8, which will aim to work with families on the William Sutton estate, offering a meal for the family and advice and support.
The sessions will run from 10am and follow on from Bread Church at Rising Brook Methodist Church from 10am-1.30pm on Fridays, where people can gather to worship and make bread, one for themselves and one for a friend.
Mr Morris said: “Bread Church started with five people but the other week we had 40. That is 80 loaves of bread.”
Meanwhile, the charity is continuing to gain more support, including from Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy, who will host a charity dinner in aid of House of Bread on June 20 at the Moat House in Acton Trussell. Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has also pledged his support.
The charity has grown dramatically since the Newsletter's 2012 Christmas appeal, which resulted in an overwhelming number of donations, filling a storage unit at Storage Boost at Tollgate Drive. The organisation was also inundated with offers of volunteer help and now has 180 on its books.