Building society helps fund Twycross Zoo trip for Leicester women’s refuge

A day trip to the zoo organised by a Leicester-based homelessness charity has benefitted from a donation made by esbs.

The Society pledged £250 towards a visit to Twycross Zoo arranged by charity partners Action Homeless for the women and children that its Bridge House refuge supports. The money was used to cover the cost of transport to the popular wildlife park.

Based in Leicester, Action Homeless dedicates its efforts to improving the lives of those affected by homelessness and has offered its help to individuals and families in the city and across the county for the past 40 years.

Its Bridge House centre offers safe and secure accommodation for up to seven women and their children who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse, or are in housing crisis, and delivers specialist counselling and care that enables families to create more positive futures.

Throughout 2018, esbs supported Action Homeless’ work in a variety of ways. These included a foodbank donation, and staff from the Society volunteering to work in the charity’s Food Stop shop for the day, both of which were linked to the Winter Appeal campaign.

What’s more, the Society has also been making donations to the charity for each new direct mortgage completed.

So far in 2019, esbs has carried out an Easter toiletries drive for Action Homeless, and will participate in its Volunteer Day later in the summer.

James Riviere of Action Homeless said: “Bridge House does valuable work in the city but receives little funding meaning donations are vital. We are grateful for the funds pledged by esbs as they will ensure a day of fun and happy memories for the women and their children that they might not have had otherwise.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “We are very pleased to have made this donation towards Action Homeless’ trip to Twycross Zoo.

“The work that the charity’s Bridge House refuge does has improved the lives of countless women and their children affected by domestic violence, homelessness, or both issues, and we are proud to be extending our support to them.”

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