VIP visit for charity helping the homeless

Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice visited Canaan Trust in Long Eaton. Chris Grayling is pictured with tutor Will Montgomery, prospective MP for Erewash Maggie Throup and two of the service users
Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice visited Canaan Trust in Long Eaton. Chris Grayling is pictured with tutor Will Montgomery, prospective MP for Erewash Maggie Throup and two of the service users

A Long Eaton-based charity which supports homeless men received a special VIP visit from a government minister last week.

The Right Honourable Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, visited The Canaan Trust on Thursday.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The guys were proud that the minister had come up from London to see them on Thursday morning.

“He spent time talking to the guys during their ‘Living Skills’ session - which was on budgeting.

“The minister was interested to chat to them about their lives, their hopes and the jobs which they had secured.

“It was great to see a cabinet minister taking the time to learn about the reality of life for our guys and the work of the trust in seeking to help and support them.”

Mr Grayling was accompanied by Maggie Throup, the Conservative candidate for the Erewash ward.

The Canaan Trust was formed in 1995 and provides 24-7 supported accommodation for homeless men.