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Housing provider supports vital local charities this Christmas

Plymouth’s largest social housing provider, Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has donated much needed funds to five local charities and community organisations, who are working to keep up with demand as more and more people are affected by the lockdown this year.

In providing social housing for around 35,000 people across the city, PCH has seen first-hand the impact that the pandemic has had on local people and has moved to support charities who are starting to feel the strain as more people struggle to access food and services that they need.

PCH has donated to Devon and Cornwall Food Action (DCFA), Age UK, Plymouth Foodbank, Tamar Grow Local and Provide Devon who provide valuable support to some of its residents and other in need across Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

John Clark, CEO of PCH said: “We’ve been really inspired by the food collections and donations that our staff have been involved with across Plymouth to provide essential food, medicine and hygiene supplies to people who can’t leave their house or are at risk. This includes families who may be feeling the financial burden due to the impact of the pandemic.

“We already have links to the charities we have donated to, including the provision of food parcels to our residents in need and those involved in our New Home, New You initiative. The donation will help sustain their continued efforts at a time of financial uncertainty for the charity sector.

“The donations will be of great assistance to them and to the residents they support and allow them to focus on delivering food parcels to residents over the Christmas period rather than worrying about funding.”

Alan Dunne, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Food Action said: “Access to food and supplies is getting harder out there for people, so it’s great to have donations from supporters like PCH as they are an important organisation as they look after some of the most vulnerable people across the city.

“Only by working closely with our partners can we make sure that people get their hands on food, toiletries and medical supplies when they need them most as everything we do is all about what we can deliver for those in need.”