Jan 2 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A HOMELESS charity has received a huge boost in donations after RED, a Church of England group based in Burscough raised over £1,000 by sleeping rough to highlight the plight of homeless people in the West Lancashire area.
Stella Connell, manager of The Birchwood Centre based in Heversham, Skelmersdale, said: “The support RED is providing us through these donations is truly overwhelming.
“The staff, volunteers and residents at The Birchwood are so very, very grateful for all their efforts.”
Ben Dyer, RED’s minister, said: “I’m so proud of my team’s success in raising this money for The Birchwood.
“It is heart-warming to see them organising and taking part in such challenging events.
“Raising money for worthwhile causes is really important for RED Church, and being able to support such a worthwhile local charity like The Birchwood is even better.”
RED Church meets weekly in Burscough and was created because of the need for churches to connect with people aged 18-30.
RED's aim is to be a welcoming and honest group of people, who try to live life following Jesus and helping each other along the way.
Stella Connell continued: “Charities, such as The Birchwood rely heavily on donations to keep providing a much needed service.
“I would like to thank everyone at RED once again for giving us such a generous donation.
“ Knowing that local people are working hard to raise funds and awareness is so important in helping us rebuild the lives and confidence of our young people.”
If you would like any further information about the Birchwood Centre and the services they provide please contact Stella Connell on 01695 717115.