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HELP FOR HOMELESS AT CHRISTMAS

Added: (Fri Dec 15 2000)

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A centre for the homeless in Gloucester has been given an early Christmas present.

The Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource (GEAR) is being given £25,000 by SmithKline Beecham as part of their IMPACT Awards Scheme for 2001.

GEAR provides emergency accommodation for up to 16 men and women in Gloucester, it also runs a health care clinic and is hoping to set up a One Stop Shop to give 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: “Homelessness is a year round problem but Christmas is a particularly difficult time. This extra money enables us to offer night shelter and support to Gloucester’s homeless population right through Christmas and into the New Year.”


Margaret Bailey, Manager of SmithKline Beecham’s European Community Partnership Programme said: “We are delighted to support the outstanding work undertaken by these community-based UK healthcare charities. They demonstrate how small charities can make a meaningful and measurable difference to those in need within their community. SmithKline Beecham applauds their dedication, focus, and commitment to helping others.”

Working in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the SmithKline Beecham 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".

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Issued by Prowse & Company Ltd on behalf of SmithKline Beecham

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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