Francesca Roberts: 100% practical.

Charity for a hard-pressed industry

Published:  01 June, 2009

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charity for the homeless. CRASH, which is supported by, among others, Builders' Merchants News, addresses the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the building industry to improve hostels, day centres, night shelters, training centres and move-on accommodation, for frontline homelessness agencies who work directly with homeless people.

Said chief executive Francesca Roberts: "We are a practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the building industry to improve hostels, day centres, night shelters, training centres and move-on accommodation, for frontline homelessness agencies who work directly with homeless people.

"CRASH helps a large number of refurbishment and development projects throughout the UK and we do this predominantly in three ways - supplying materials either free or at discounted rates; providing on-site professional expertise; awarding cash grants. The result is that these premises can be refurbished and developed to a much higher standard than would otherwise be possible."

CRASH, she pointed out, receives no government funding. "As an industry charity we are supported by companies and individuals within the construction and property sector."

CRASH patrons commit to making an annual contribution for a minimum of three years. These donations cover the core running costs of the charity and supports projects.

"This allows CRASH to channel 100% of all donations received from our fundraising events directly into helping projects that support individuals damaged by the experiences of homelessness," said Ms Roberts.

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