Clean start for charity users

Homeless and vulnerable people at a Nottingham charity have received a much-needed washing machine.

The Friary, which is our Nottingham office’s chosen charity of the year were in need of a washing machine for service users. After putting out the word to our white goods clients and Hotpoint came forward to help.

Handed over this week, the new machine will help to cater for the hundreds of vulnerable and homeless users at The Friary in West Bridgford.

Craig White, UK customer service director said: “Donating a washing machine with the help of our clients is part of our ongoing support to this amazing charity which does so much for the homeless community in Nottingham.

“Part of our work with the charity means we have donated many hours of employees’ time to help at the Friary building – and helping service users with jobs skills and IT needs.

“When the Friary told us that they were in desperate need of another washing machine to provide clean clothes for users and so we spread the word to many of our electrical goods clients and Hotpoint answered our call.”

Set up more than two decades ago to help the homeless, The Friary aims to boost employment skills and provide companionship. In that time, it has helped hundreds of vulnerable people – supporting them to get back into work and turn their lives around.

The Friary is open three days a week helping disadvantaged people who may be homeless, need help getting back into the community and work or simply need a hot meal and fresh clothes. It deals with anywhere between 80 to 120 people per session.

Helen Jones, marketing and communications officer for the Friary, said: “The Friary is delighted to be washing at full capacity again.

“The delivery of the new washing machine kindly donated by Domestic & General means that we can wash clothes for our rough-sleepers and those who genuinely need that bit of extra help.

“We all know how nice it feels to put on a clean shirt or to get into clean bedding.”

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