Canterbury charities receive £500 from Kent Police

Charities in the Canterbury area have each received a £500 donation thanks to money raised through the Kent Police Property Fund.

The money is raised through the sale of lost property and each year several worthwhile ventures all over the county receive funds to support their good work. This year four groups from the Canterbury area each received a cheque of £500 at a presentation held at Canterbury Police Station.
The lucky recipients were:

  • Porchlight, a charity that works with vulnerable and homeless adults, young people and children. Neil Wiggins from the charity said: ‘This money will help get people back onto their feet who have found themselves homeless and in need.  We also do a lot of work in educating young people at an early stage to try and help them to make the right choices that don’t see them homeless in the future.’
  • Headway, a charity that supports and rehabilitates people who have suffered brain injuries in East Kent. Paul Marchant collected the cheque on behalf of the charity. He said: ‘I know first-hand the affects a brain injury can have on someone and this money will help with educational equipment for our clients. We have just purchased a minibus to take clients out on educational and recreational trips that will help them overcome some of the isolation these injuries can cause.’
  • Canterbury and Herne Bay Street Pastors, a group of Christians from local churches in Herne Bay and Canterbury who are trained to care for, listen and help anyone who needs them. Geoff Farnham from Canterbury Street Pastors collected a cheque and so did Paul Chandler from Herne Bay Street Pastors. Geoff said: ‘We usually give up our time on weekend evenings to walk through the city and surrounding roads keeping an eye on party-goers and ensuring they leave the city safely and unharmed. We also establish bonds with the homeless community and put them in touch with the right support networks.’

Chief Inspector Mitchell Fox at Kent Police, who presented the cheques, said: ‘I am delighted to be able to support these local charities, many of which support the work we do here at Kent Police.

‘Head injuries can sadly happen to any of us at any time so I’m pleased to know there is support available and that we have been able to contribute towards the rehabilitation process.

‘Street Pastors work very closely with our community safety partnership protecting vulnerable people in the night time economy and defusing aggression, which can lead to fights in the street, through simple but creative diversionary tactics.’


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