Cash gift will help homeless

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Community enterprise Derventio Housing Trust has received £3,150 to improve its Erewash community gardening project.

The grant, provided by the Santander Foundation, will be used for Growing Lives - a Derventio project which offers gardening, woodwork, cookery and arts and crafts activities for people with experience of homelessness and other issues.

The large garden at Growing Lives is used for several activities, including sowing and harvesting vegetables and looking after the resident chickens. This donation will be used to make the garden more accessible so it can be enjoyed by more people.

Sarah Hernandez, Managing Director at Derventio Housing Trust, said: “Spending time in the garden at Growing Lives makes a real difference to people who have faced homelessness and other issues like mental ill health, social isolation, low self-esteem or health problems.

“This donation will mean we can make the necessary improvements to the garden so that people with reduced mobility or health problems can have easy access to help with the project. We want to say a big thank you to the Santander Foundation for supporting this project.”

Rachael Atter, of Santander, said: “Santander is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Derventio Housing Trust, and hope the donation makes a real difference to those who need its services.’’

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