One17 Charitable Trust

One 17 Architects & interior Designers Christmas are delighted to continue their support of The Welcome Centre this Christmas with an unrestricted donation. Caroline Lee, Head of Community Liaison at One 17 explains why.

The Welcome Centre is more than just a food bank. In addition to food and essential household items the Centre also provides friendly, non-judgemental advice and guidance, helping those who have hit hard times back onto their feet again. Since we first became involved with the Centre in 2010, making a donation to support the purchase of gifts and fresh food has always been on our Christmas shopping list and we have enjoyed many a trolley dash to purchase items in bulk.

Unfortunately, however the need for the services of the Welcome Centre has grown significantly in recent times. More local families are finding themselves in crisis and unable to make ends meet, and this is a year round problem, not just at Christmas. So by giving an unrestricted donation this year, we hope it will allow the flexibility for the Centre to use the funds in the most effective way to support those in need throughout the year.

Emma Greenough from the Welcome Centre said “Although food is essential to our service we still need to not only purchase other items for packs, but to cover the costs of running a charity. Wherever possible we cover costs through grant applications and other funding but corporate donors and partners are hugely important to us. The support of One 17 and other local businesses enables us to plan ahead for the year to come. We’d be delighted if more local businesses would offer support in this way.”