September 24th, 2016

Catshill coffee morning in aid of homeless charity

Updated: 10:49 am, May 07, 2015

RESIDENTS can help young people in Bromsgrove who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by going along to a coffee morning in Catshill.

The event is being held between 10am and midday next Saturday (February 14) at the Coffee@CMCC – the coffee shop at Catshill Methodist Church Centre.

Funds raised during the morning, which will also feature home-made cakes and stalls selling cosmetics and other donated goods, will go towards the Basement Project.

Everyone is welcome to the event and representatives from The Basement Project will be on hand to talk about the work they do.

The Basement’s operations manager Jackie Hooper said: “We are currently seeing unprecedented calls on our service whilst at the same time facing uncertainty and possible cuts in our funding from some local authorities.

“We need to take advantage of every opportunity to raise the funds we need to continue the project’s work in the area and are delighted with this gesture from the organisers of Coffee@CMCC.”

Hilary Ryder, one of the organisers, added: “We set up Coffee@CMCC last year because we recognised that there could be many people in Catshill who would welcome the chance to meet other people from the village and surrounding areas whilst at the same time enjoying light refreshments in a friendly atmosphere.

“We have already successfully used the venture to raise a considerable donation for Children in Need, and now we feel we would like to support the Basement in the work they do, especially as this stretches to Catshill and beyond.”

She added she hoped people in the village would support the event and raise as much money as possible for the cause.

Coffee@CMCC usually opens between 10am and midday on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Visit for other activities at the centre or go to for more information about The Basement Project.

* THE OPERATIONS manager of The Basement Project Jackie Hooper said she and everyone at the organisation would like to thank the people of Bromsgrove for all they did for the Christmas campaign.

“Every year the people of this town and locality continue to show their generosity and goodwill by donating to the Basement’s clients and this year we have been truly overwhelmed with just how generous some people can be.” she added.

Food, toiletries and other gifts were donated to help young people facing homelessness or issues relating to homelessness.

Food, toys and items of clothing, along with cash donations, were given during the festive season.

South Bromsgrove High School year ten students, Bright Kids, Asda the Co-Op, Birmingham Road, were among the organisations donating food to the cause.