Charity boss is surprised by £27,000 grant

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A Boston charity that helps homeless and vulnerable people in the town will be able to replace its ageing van after a surprise donation of almost £30,000 from the Asda Foundation.

The grant was given during a ceremony last week as part of celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the supermarket chain’s charitable arm, which has handed out £35m and awarded more than 30,000 grants during that period.

The foundation made a number of surprise donations to organisations who do amazing work in their local communities as part of the anniversary.

Asda’s Boston Community Champion Stephen Bromby presented a cheque for 
more than £27,000 to Liz Hopkins, CEO at Centrepoint Outreach.

The charity, which runs a drop-in centre and charity shop, has been helping homeless and vulnerable people in their local area for 27 years – almost as long as Asda Foundation has been going.

They will use the donation to replace the 15-year-old van they use to deliver donations of furniture to people setting up home after moving out of homeless hostels and refuge shelters.

“Centrepoint do a fantastic job in the local community and I was honoured and delighted to present them with the cheque,” said Stephen.

“It’s important they can carry on doing the work they do and I know they’ll put the van to good use, helping to transform an empty shell into a home.”

The charity has a drop-in centre in Boston and helps to try and get homeless people off the street.

The charity tweeted 
after the donation was received: “Thanks to a wonderful donation from Asda Foundation we are going to be able to replace our ageing delivery van!”