27 Mar 2018

GreenSquare presents Doorway with cheque for £3,000

A team of staff from GreenSquare visited local homelessness charity Doorway recently, to present them with a cheque for £3,000, which the team raised by taking part in Doorway's SleepOut event. 

The SleepOut, which took place on 27 January, saw the team of six, including GreenSquare's chief executive Howard Toplis, spend the night sleeping out in St Andrew's Churchyard in Chippenham, alongside 36 others including Doorway staff, volunteers and people from the local community. 

The money raised by GreenSquare will go towards Doorway's drop in centre, which helps people who are homeless, sofa surfing, or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire or sustain a tenancy.

Howard Toplis, GreenSquare’s chief executive, said: "We have been really overwhelmed by the generosity of people who sponsored us to take part in the SleepOut. For us it was only one night, and we knew that we had a home to go back to, but for many this is their reality every night. 

"We hope that the money raised by us, and by the others who took part in the event, will help to ensure that Doorway's vital drop-in centre continues to able to support homeless people in Chippenham and across the county." 

Howard was joined at the SleepOut by GreenSquare’s Helen Clarke, insight developer; Sue Matthews, community involvement officer; Neil Matthews, warehouse and purchasing officer; Ali Owens, tenancy enforcement officer; and Sarah Offord, business systems support analyst.

Lisa Lewis, Doorway's chief executive, who accepted the cheque from GreenSquare, said: "We are delighted to receive such a fantastic amount from GreenSquare thanks to their fundraising efforts for the SleepOut. I'd like to say a big thank you to the GreenSquare team, and to everyone who took part in the SleepOut – we’re extremely grateful for all the support we've had and the donations are still coming in.”  

To find out more about Doorway and the service it provides, visit www.doorwayproject.org.uk.