A charity is set to launch a drop-in centre to support those in need in Leamington thanks to a £30,000 donation.
Helping Hands is being given £30,000 over the next three years by Leamington Round Table to launch and run a drop-in centre at their shop in Gloucester Street.
The charity operates in Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick, working with the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and those with drug and alcohol addictions.
The grant will help transform the back of the shop into a support hub where skills sessions, employment support, mother and toddler groups and other community activities will be held.
A commercial kitchen will also be installed for people to learn cookery and barista skills to help them get onto the jobs ladder.
The funding is the single biggest donation given by Leamington Round Table and has been made possible thanks to the annual Wright Hassall Regency Run, the organisation’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Helping Hands manager Lianne Kirkman said: “The donation from Leamington Round Table is a huge start for us to launch our new community hub and the subsequent funds over the coming years will enable us to continue running it for the benefit of the town.
“Once completed, the hub will offer help and support to the families and individuals who need it most.
“This will include helping those who are homeless move back into employment as well as working with low income families to help prevent homelessness.
“We want to create a community hub with a varied timetable of activities so we can help as many people as possible.”
Leamington Round Table lifetime honorary member Nick Herd said: “We visited Helping Hands’ soup kitchen as well the charity’s new shop and had a discussion about the charity’s vision to create a community hub.
“The Wright Hassall Regency Run is our main fundraising event and raises between £30,000 and £35,000 every year and we look to distribute this to charitable causes across the area.
“We have always supported organisations which help those in need, such as the homeless, and we were looking for a legacy project to back and this really fitted the bill.
“We hope that our donation will encourage other major organisations in the town to help get what will be a valuable facility up and running.”
Leading Leamington law firm Wright Hassall has sponsored the Regency Run for 12 years running.
Wright Hassall partner Robert Lee said: “We have always taken great pride in sponsoring the Regency Run which raises huge sums of money every year for charitable causes across the area.
“It is excellent to see Helping Hands using some of those funds to launch a drop-in centre to support those most in need in the town.”
To find out more about the Regency 10k Run go online.