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Thank you GamesAid from The Clock Tower Sanctuary

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The Clock Tower Sanctuary race at the go-karting centre took place thanks to proceedings from GamesAid! The event, funded by your great work, offered young people a break from the chaos and challenges that being homeless brings.

The Sanctuary exists to prevent homeless young people from becoming part of the long-term homeless population. Since they received their £70,500 cheque from GamesAid last September, the charity has been buzzing. To celebrate and recognise the support we’ve been giving them, the volunteers at The Sanctuary voted to race down to the go-karting course. It was an unforgettable opportunity to have a relaxed and fun day out.

Daniel, who accesses The Sanctuary’s day centre services, reveals “It was sick! I’ve never done go-karting before. It was awesome cheering everyone on and I’m chuffed to have won a trophy – I’ve never won anything before! Thanks GamesAid for making this happen. I’m going to remember this day for a long-time.”

 

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Five in ten people living in homeless services are under 25s, with many more at high risk or living hidden away in insecure or unsafe housing. Stacy was one of the young people to fall on hard times. After being kicked out from home at 19, she found herself living in a tent on the seafront of Brighton with a group of older people. “It was difficult,” she says, “especially as I was the only girl.”

Stacy began to go to The Sanctuary for a hot shower, a meal and to wash her clothes. With The Sanctuary’s help, Stacy has secured and sustained accommodation and successfully completed a six month voluntary internship with a local food distribution charity gaining valuable work experience.

Stacy is now able to look to the future. “I had no motivation before; it was just all about surviving. I want to work in animal care and I am determined to get there and stick at it!”

 

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Kate Kirkham, who has been working at The Sanctuary, adds: “Clearly we’re over-the-moon about [GameAid’s] financial support/donation in 2015 which is a game-changer (excuse the pun!) for us. Your donation enables me and the Board to put in to place a number of initiatives that we have been dreaming of!”

With the funds provided by GamesAid, The Sanctuary is in the process of buying new equipment for the centre. They are replacing some very old sofas and providing new tools in the kitchen for their cookery and healthy eating programmes.