Dagenham: October 5, 2017: Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park has signed a five-year agreement with Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, to provide 15,000 square feet of space to store dry goods for the charity’s ‘Crisis at Christmas’ operation which provides food, warmth, vital services and the first steps out of homelessness for thousands of homeless people.
As part of the agreement Londoneast-uk is also donating a further 17,000 square feet of storage space to Crisis which the charity can either use itself or rent out, with proceeds from any rental fees being channelled back into Crisis UK to help fund their sterling work.
John Lewis, Managing Director of Dagenham-based Londoneast-uk, says: “Crisis has been utilising space at Londoneast-uk for the past 15 months for storage connected to their Crisis at Christmas programme. We are delighted that this arrangement is now being extended for a total of five years which includes a donation from Londoneast-uk which virtually doubles the space capacity available to the charity.
“This additional space can be sub-let by Crisis to other organisations with rental funds raised going to the charity during the term of this agreement. We feel this is a novel way to provide support to a body that does such marvellous work to end homelessness.”
Keith Felton, Director of Corporate Services for Crisis, says: “We are grateful to Londoneast-uk for their generosity in supporting our commercial arrangement with them by donating this additional storage space. This has the potential to generate much-needed funds for our work to end homelessness.”
The space is required to store tons of dry goods including medical supplies, bedding and washing products. Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. This year guests will be welcomed at over 13 centres across Britain and offered food, clothing, health services, advice and support. Last year around 4,700 homeless people visited Crisis at Christmas which was run by almost 11,000 volunteers.
Year-round, the charity works directly with thousands of homeless people, providing vital help to enable them to rebuild their lives and to get out of homelessness for good. Crisis offers one-to-one support, advice and courses in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales including year-round education, employment and well-being services from centres in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Edinburgh, Merseyside, Birmingham, Coventry, South Yorkshire, Swansea and Plymouth.
Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park is situated in Dagenham, East London, and is located in state-of-the-art scientific buildings and on land which was once a major manufacturing plant of global pharmaceutical company Sanofi. Now under the ownership of SOG Group – owner and operator of the award-winning The Heath Business and Technical Park in Cheshire – the highly specialised research & development and manufacturing buildings, which would cost tens of millions of pounds to replicate in today’s market, have been rebranded under the banner of Londoneast-uk and have been transformed into a business and technical park to service London and the Home Counties.
Londoneast-uk operates as a sister park to The Heath in Runcorn which is regarded as one of the UK’s leading independently-owned technology parks. For more information visit: www.londoneast-uk.com