The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £25,000 to support Barons Court Project who supporting people on low incomes who are vulnerable to mental ill health and / or homelessness in the Hammersmith and Fulham area.
The project provides a drop in service 3 days a week in addition to the life skills courses, group sessions and 1 to 1 advocacy, there ethos is one of respect, inclusivity and tolerance.
Bob came to the project after being made homeless when his live in job ended after the place was closed overnight. He was in his 50's and had been in the Army for many years. He was sleeping rough in Hyde Park and came to us for help. He arrived at the project, came in through the door and burst into tears. He asked if he could have a shower. We gave him access to the shower, a clean towel and all the toiletries he needed. We asked how else we might help him. Bob was a very proud man and at first refused anything else, he said "I just need to get clean." He was carrying a rucksack full of dirty clothes, so we asked if we could wash and dry them for him. We gave him clothes that we had from our store so he had something clean to put on when he had finished showering. We also gave him food and a hot drink. During this time we worked with him to get his army pension unlocked.
Michael Angus, Director commented: On behalf of all the Community at the Barons Court Project, I’d like to London Freemasons and the MCF for your very generous donation (of £25,000) which will help provide support for 250 people who are homeless or living with mental health problems.