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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The LATH group (Looking After The Homeless) Open Day

The LATH group (Looking After The Homeless) Open Day, Sat 16-7-16

Reporter  Jonathan White, Crewe
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The LATH group (Looking After The Homeless, http://www.lathgroup.org.uk) held their second annual Open Day in Crewe on Saturday 16th July 2016. 

This took place at the disused former 'Bed Centre' shop at 38 High Street, Crewe, that the LATH group have converted into a drop-in centre to help homeless, vulnerable and lonely people. 

The centre features a recreation area, lounge area, computer facilities, telephone service, toilet block, kitchen and dining area.

The event included a welcome drink at the door, light refreshments throughout the day, a raffle, a prize quiz, a pool competition, and a chance to talk to the group’s hard-working volunteers.

Bernard Potter (Chair of The LATH Group) gave a PowerPoint presentation about how The LATH Group developed from an idea obtained from a talk by a Salvation Army Officer in 2009, to a full blown registered charity, offering sustenance, advice and assistance, and practical support to the most vulnerable in the community.

The event was attended by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, Mayor of Cheshire East Borough Council Councillor Olivia Hunter and her Consort Philip Boulton, Mayor of Crewe Councillor Marilyn Houston, Mayoress of Crewe, Pauline Kowalski, Father Jerome of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, The LATH Group trustees, The LATH Group volunteers and members of the public. 

Bernard Potter (Chair of The LATH Group) said, "We were pleased that the open day was so well attended. We would like to thank the dignitaries, sponsors and visitors for taking the time and trouble to support The LATH Group."

The LATH Group is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and most of its funds comes via donations and its own fundraising, with some corporate support by way of groceries from Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, the SPAR shop (Rope Lane), and other support from the FRESH Group of businesses.

The LATH Group's next planned fund-raising event is a music concert featuring ‘Ukey Monster’ at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston on Saturday 22nd October 2016 (7:30pm).

For further information relating to The LATH Group please visit their website: www.lathgroup.org.uk , or email: info@lathgroup.org.uk 

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