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Brondesbury charity larder benefits from clothing donation by Network Homes

Network Homes is leading an initiative to donate men’s clothing to St Laurence’s Larder in Brondesbury, a charity which helps those in the community who struggle to make ends meet.

Staff have responded to an appeal and donated a variety of items including coats, jackets, suits, jeans and trousers. This is part of an ongoing relationship with St Laurence’s Larder which has seen staff from Network Homes volunteer and fundraise for the charity over the last six months. To date staff have donated over 170 items of clothing and footwear to the Larder.

Last year staff completed 30 volunteer shifts, helping with kitchen duties, cooking, serving food, offering companionship, and providing welfare advice - a service that proved hugely popular with Larder customers.

They've also raised over £150 through donations and fundraising. The money was used to buy practical gifts for Larder customers such as hats, scarves and gloves, socks, ladies toiletries gifts sets, men’s disposable razors and shaving foam.

Stephen Chamberlain, Manager at St Laurence's Larder, said: ‘’We cannot thank Network Homes enough for their generosity, thoughtfulness and commitment to St Laurence’s Larder.

“Without our volunteers’ commitment, care and compassion we certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve the outreach work and services we offer the homeless, marginalised members of society  and people in need.”

Elizabeth Brennan, Business Support Manager at Network Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to help Stephen and his team at the Larder. We’re all in awe of the great work done by Larder volunteers and found the experience very humbling and rewarding.”

The initiative is part of Network Homes’ giving something back campaign, which encourages staff to spend up to two days supporting and helping charities or local community organisations.