H&F Mayor showers Barons Court charity with support

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Image captionCllr Michael Cartwright, Mayor of H&F (front centre) and charity director Michael Angus (second from right)

The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham has shown his support for a homeless charity in Barons Court by backing its appeal to refurbish its shower room.

Cllr Michael Cartwright, along with Mayoress Rosemary Petitt, visited the Barons Court Project for its annual summer barbecue and open day on Saturday 12 August.

The pair met several users of the charity, which offers support and a drop-in service for rough sleepers or those living with mental health problems. They also learned more about the charity’s appeal to refurbish its shower facilities.

“Barons Court Project has turned around the lives of those in need for the past 32 years,” added Cllr Cartwright. “Supporting their appeal to refurbish their shower facility is just one way we can help their invaluable work.”

Image caption: Current facilities at the Barons Court Project

Open Day

The open day was held in the charity’s garden in Talgarth Road and included tours of the building and facilities.

The Mayor and Mayoress spoke with charity director, Michael Angus, who explained more about the organisation’s work. 

“We are one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year and were delighted they were able to come and spend time with us and enjoy our hospitality,” Michael said.

The shower room is the first thing rough sleepers ask for – and is the start to getting someone off the streets, he added. 

The Co-op has raised £8,000 for the works – but another £12,000 is needed to refurbish the room. 

To raise the remaining funds the Project has launched a Just Giving appeal called ‘Revive to Survive’. Donations for the shower room appeal can also be sent to Barons Court Project, 69 Talgarth Road, W14 9DD with cheques made payable to ‘Barons Court Project Ltd’.

Alternatively, you could support the charity by signing up to be a Friend of the Barons Court Project. Details of how to do this are below.

For more details about the Barons Court Project please visit: www.baronscourtproject.org.

An end to rough sleeping in H&F

H&F Council is committed to reducing the number of people rough sleeping in the borough and helping prevent people from becoming rough sleepers.

That’s why the council last year formed the Hammersmith & Fulham Rough Sleeping Commission to investigate the issue in H&F and make recommendations for how to best support rough sleepers and prevent those at risk from becoming rough sleepers.

The long term goal is to put an end to rough sleeping in H&F altogether.

The commission has met monthly since February and will soon be reporting back its findings to the council.

Become a ‘Friend’

Want to help support the vital work of the charity? Then why not become a Friend of the Barons Court Project?

In return for a minimum donation of just £5 per month, you’ll receive regular updates of the group’s work via the Barons Bugle newsletter, and be invitated to an annual event where you’ll be able to meet service users and see first-hand the great work you’re helping support.

Of course, your donations will also help the centre to achieve vital goals, such as the shower room refurbishment.

To become a friend, email Michael Angus for a standing order form.

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