People who are homeless in Chester are being given a helping hand thanks to a donation by a law firm.
Local charity SHARE - Supporting Homeless Assisting Refugees Everywhere – was originally set up to help Syrian refugees but its mission quickly spread to helping local homeless people as well.
Now law firm Slater and Gordon (incorporating Walker Smith Way Legal), which has offices in Chester and Wrexham, has stepped in to provide free hot coffee, tea and soup at the charity’s Chester shop for a month.
The donation is the latest move by the law firm to help the charity after lawyers carried out legal work on the shop lease for free. Lawyer Paul Makinson is also on the charity’s board.
Adam Dandy, co-founder of SHARE said: “Slater and Gordon sponsoring the initiative for a month means a huge amount to us. That a globally recognised company like Slater and Gordon is willing to back us and help local people in Chester is fantastic.
“We set up the charity initially to help refugees in Syria but it soon became clear that there was also a need to help the homeless in Chester. The charity has made a massive difference to people locally.
“The other week a woman who had been sleeping rough for three years in a car park came in and we were able to take her around the shop and get her some new clothes.
“It’s shocking how many homeless people there are in Chester and to have a shop where they can come and get clothing and a hot drink is great.”
Paul Makinson, who works at Slater and Gordon’s Chester office, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to help this worthy cause.
“The local community has really got behind this charity since its inception last year and as a firm we were keen to get involved.
“By sponsoring the coffee for the homeless we are illustrating our continued commitment to helping the homeless of Chester.”