HEALTHY LIVING - Insurer gives cash to help homeless and vulnerable

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HOMELESS people in Sheffield are being given vital support to stay well thanks to a cash boost from a leading city-based healthcare insurer.

Westfield Health continued the Christmas giving spirit into the New Year with a 10,000 donation to the Archer Project, a charity based at Sheffield Cathedral which supports homeless and vulnerable people in the city - promoting a healthy and stable lifestyle.

The pledge follows another gift of 5,000 which the organisation handed over in 2008.

Fundraising manager Tracy Viner said the previous grant had a huge impact on the charity and the people who use it.

"We wrote to thank Westfield for their donation because it helped fund some of our key services, such as basic medical provision with access to a prescribing nurse and a dentist, and our Keep It Safe groups for different levels of drug misuse," she said.

"But it's important to note that a hot meal and shower and a medical check-up do more than just take care of our clients physically – these services help improve wellbeing and self-esteem which are essential, too.

"We all need somewhere we can go where we feel accepted, and can sit and talk to others and build positive relationships.

"Generous donations like Westfield's help the Cathedral Archer Project fund these services and we are hugely grateful for their continued support."

Based in custom-built premises at Sheffield Cathedral, the project serves up to 15,000 hot meals every year.

Its client base is made up of street drinkers, alcoholics and drug users of varying levels, who can also access services at the centre including education, laundry and housing and benefits advice.

Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore said: "When we heard our previous donation had helped CAP to make a difference to Sheffield's underprivileged citizens, we wanted to ensure we continued to support their hard work.

"We very much look forward to hearing about the ways CAP service users benefit from this year's contribution."

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