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'Brilliant, revolutionary, and cutting-edge’ charity defies expectations on World Homeless Day

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'Brilliant, revolutionary, and cutting-edge’ charity defies expectations on World Homeless Day

11th October 2013


Thursday 10 October 2013 brought together individuals from a wealth of different backgrounds to mark World Homeless Day at a reception at the House of Commons.

The event, put on by homeless charity Anchor House and sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, attracted the likes of former England footballer Sol Campbell and Anita Dobson, formerly of Eastenders.

Every year, Anchor House provides support and accommodation to single homeless people giving them so much more than just a roof over their heads. Last year alone, they provided a home for 202 people, helping 67 move on into independent living and supporting 50 into employment.

At the event, host Baroness Maddock spoke about the growing problem of homelessness in the UK, calling on her colleagues in Parliament to confront the issues around housing and homelessness, and reflect on what the government can do to help combat it.

Also speaking on the day was economist Lord Gus O’Donnell, Anchor House Patron and former Cabinet Secretary, who emphasised the remarkable impact that the charity has had – not just for people they help, but for society as a whole.

“Oxford Economics found that for every £1 Anchor House spent, there was £4 of social benefit - that’s an amazing social impact and a terrific investment. Visiting Anchor House, I realised that the people there are working incredibly hard to deal with some of the most difficult cases and are really making a difference.”

Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, also lent his support praising the ‘self-help ethos’ and positive attitude of both staff and residents at Anchor House. Speaking of the week he spent there, he said that this ‘brilliant, revolutionary, and cutting-edge’ charity defied his expectations.

“I think a homeless shelter can be quite a depressing place, but Anchor House was actually very inspirational and something to behold. If you get the chance to go down and see it, I urge you to. The work there really proves that those that fall from a great height can bounce back very high.”

Trustee, Bishop Thomas McMahon, spoke of Anchor House’s impressive achievements to date in turning people’s lives around and the future vision for this ‘flagship organisation’. He said that to his mind ‘there could not be a more noble goal than giving skills, value, encouragement, and hope to another person’.

Monsignor John Armitage VG, the Chairman of Management, explained that in order to continue this vital work, Anchor House is raising £9.3million for their Home and Hope Appeal, aiming to refurbish and expand the 50 year old building, ensuring it is able to meet the increasing demand on services.

£4million has been raised to date, but with £5million left to go, Anchor House needs help to ensure that every person who walks through their doors has access to the best care and support possible, making the hope of independent life a reality.

For more information or to make a contribution to turn a life around please email or call 0207 476 6062.

Further photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

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