Added: (Wed Jan 31 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - A centre for the homeless in Gloucester has been awarded 25,000 from recently merged healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline.

The Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource (GEAR) provides emergency accommodation for men and women in Gloucester. It also runs a health care clinic and provides advice, support and information on benefit, housing and employment.

Brian Jones, from GEAR, is delighted with the award, which can be used for any of the centre’s projects. He said: “We are hoping to relocate in the near future to larger premises and create a “one-stop-shop” where homeless people will be able to receive a range of advice and information from people who are all situated under one roof. The award from GlaxoSmithKline could not have come at a better time.”

Margaret Bailey, Manager of GlaxoSmithKline’s European Community Partnership Programme said: “We are delighted to support the outstanding work undertaken by GEAR. They demonstrate how small charities can make a meaningful and measurable difference to those in need within their community.”

Working in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GlaxoSmithKline Community Health Impact Awards are designed to recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations in the demanding area of community healthcare. In this, the fourth year of the programme, 10 awards of 25,000 each have been made to small and medium sized registered charities in the UK.

Paul Edwards, Chief Executive of Gloucester and South Tewkesbury Primary Care Group, which provides the funding for the health clinic, added his congratulations to GEAR on their award. "GEAR has worked for many years highlighting the health needs of the homeless population and the health clinic is an example of the effective partnership established between GEAR as a voluntary organisation and the PCG as a statutory organisation with responsibility for health provision. The award is a reflection both of GEAR's longstanding commitment and of the enthusiasm of the doctors, nurses and other staff working at the centre. I know that the funding provided will be well used to support the ongoing service that GEAR provides in Gloucestershire".

GlaxoSmithKline is dedicated to delivering innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world. The Company is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information visit GlaxoSmithKline on the World Wide Web at http://www.gsk.com


Issued by Prowse & Company Ltd on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline

For further information contact:
Sue Wilkins or Peter Colegate, Prowse & Co, 01372 363386
Brian Jones at Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource 01452 523655
Paul Edwards, Chief Executive, Gloucester & South Tewkesbury Primary Care Group - 01452 416340.


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