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Homebuilder donates £1,500 to charity helping Nottingham's vulnerable community

Homebuilder donates £1,500 to charity helping Nottingham's vulnerable community

Barratt and David Wilson Homes has donated £1,500 to Guru Nanak’s Mission, a Nottingham charity that provides free food for the city’s vulnerable people.

The leading developer’s Community Fund donation has been put towards the purchase of ingredients and biodegradable containers for weekly cooks to support the homeless community, and anyone struggling financially in Nottingham.

Guru Nanak’s Mission has been operating in Nottingham since March 2014 and is built on the foundations of the Sikh concepts of 'Langar' and ‘Seva’ – a free food kitchen and a selfless service – and stresses the basic right of access to food for all.

Sangita Bhaker, Trustee at Guru Nanak’s Mission, said:

“Over the years, the number of people travelling to the city centre for free meals has continually increased. We serve around 60 or more meals including a pudding in town every Monday and Thursday.

“Unfortunately, homelessness and food poverty appear to be growing issuesin Nottinghamshire, and this is worsening because of the cost-of-living crisis.

“Many of our service users have expressed that they rely on our meals, and that a warm and friendly chat can help them through the hard days and nights.”

Guru Nanak’s Mission is entirely volunteer based, with volunteers from all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. Meals are prepared at the Gurdwara, the Sikh place of worship, and are handed out in the city centre twice a week, as well as delivered to vulnerable families.

The charity has also supported local foodbanks and rehabilitation services, as it endeavours to build on new and current partnerships which enable it to support individuals experiencing deprivation and inequality.

In more recent years, its volunteers have distributed food parcels over the Christmas period and, in 2023 alone, packed over 120 food parcels and distributed more than 200 toys.

Sangita added:

“Guru Nanak’s Mission relies solely on donations, and financial support is vital for us to continue to do what we do. Thankfully, we have never missed a serving, which is down to the continued support of volunteers and donations.

“Grants and donations are imperative in the survival of local organisations. They also allow us to branch out to help other local organisations which help vulnerable people.”

Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ donation was made as part of its Community Fund scheme via The Barratt Foundation, which is run by its parent company, Barratt Developments. It is designed to support national and local charities, large and small, across the areas in which the housebuilder operates.

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said:

“Guru Nanak’s Mission provides an essential service for vulnerable people in Nottingham, and it’s a privilege to be able to support the admirable work of its volunteers.

“A hot meal, a drink and a friendly chat can go a long way, and we hope the charity can continue its excellent work for many years to come.”

For more information on the charity or its volunteering opportunities, visit the website at Guru Nanak’s Mission.

For details about any nearby developments, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Nottinghamshire and David Wilson Homes in Nottinghamshire.

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