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1 night = £1 million in pledges for Home and Hope Appeal

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1 night = £1 million in pledges for Home and Hope Appeal

19th October 2011


(from left) Chairman Monsignor Armitage and Director Keith Fernett with some of Anchor House's high profile Patrons


More than £1 million in pledges were offered in support of homeless charity Anchor House on Monday at an event attended by more than 200 people at the Inner Temple in London.

Lead by patrons ITV’s Julie Etchingham and former world boxing champion Barry McGuigan MBE, the charity launched a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to help bring regeneration to East London and its homeless residents.

Keith Fernett, Anchor House director, said the event was a tremendous success. “Last night was a historical moment for Anchor House. In a matter of one night, we now have enough funds to build five out of 25 new studio move-on apartments for our residents,” Mr Fernett said.

“We still have a long way to go, but we are confident that this is the start of big things to come.”

At the event, a passionate John Bird, founder of the Big Issue and former homeless person, paid tribute to the work of Anchor House. He said it was important that people supported charities like Anchor House who provide the homeless with a hand up, not a hand out.

“When you meet an organisation like Anchor House, it makes you feel really good because it shows what can be done when homeless people take control of their lives with the assistance of professionals and volunteers,” Mr Bird said.

The £9.3m development includes new education, training and rehabilitation facilities. As well as 25 new transitional “move-on” studio flats to help residents achieve a sustainable transition back into independent living, and a new training kitchen for people to gain catering qualifications.

To watch a film on the appeal visit


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