MPs Peter Kyle and Caroline Lucas, right, flank CAP manager Sue Stone
An event hosted by the Brighton Light Trust at Holland Road Baptist Church on Saturday 7 May, brought together four charities which work with the poor, the hungry and the homeless.
Jeri-lee Kenny, a local volunteer with Christians Against Poverty, said, “There are a variety of great charities operating in the streets of Brighton and Hove, it’s important to know what each charity specialises in, so that together we can guide people to the right doors, because problems don’t just come in ones, they ‘come in threes’.
Local MPs Caroline Lucas and Peter Kyle welcomed the opportunity to attend this special Saturday Supper event and meet the charities’ volunteers, their supporters and local people who have benefited from the charitable services of Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Off The Fence, Keys Detox and Brighton and Hove City Mission.
Brightonian Paul Young, CEO of Off the Fence, who as a young lad admits “I took from the city and now I’m giving back”, said, “I’ve seen grown men cry because they have been given a pair of socks. If you’ve had no change of socks for three months, it’s a small gesture that means a lot. ”
Dr Alan Saunders, founding director of ‘Albion in the Community’ who has recently been awarded the FA’s national Charity award for his work in inner London, also attended as a guest of honour.