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Posted on Thursday 5 December 2013 by Shelter NI

Christmas at 'The Bakery' launch

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Picture, L-R comedian Sean Hegarty, ‘The Bakery’s owner John Fleming, Deputy Lord Mayor, Alderman Christopher Stalford, Diona Doherty model/actress featured on Britain Next Top Model, Ray Cashell, Chairman of Shelter NI and Alex Taylor –member of staff at the Bakery.


On Sunday 22nd December, Shelter NI will be hosting a Christmas event at the café and deli, ‘The Bakery’, 52 Howard Street. Great coffee, tea, delicious breakfast baps and Christmas treats such as shortbread, mince pies and much more, will be waiting for you!


In the ultimate gesture of goodwill, ‘The Bakery’, will be donating all the takings of the whole day to Shelter NI, so come celebrate some Christmas cheer and give generously for Shelter NI.


Diona Doherty who has featured on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and comedian Sean Hegarty are supporting ‘The Bakery’ and Shelter NI’s event this Christmas. Together they have come up with the ‘Tinsel Tenner’ campaign as a way of promoting kindness during the Christmas period and they are encouraging people to spend their hard earned cash on others. At Shelter NI we would urge people to think of homeless people this Christmas.


“The common image of homelessness is of people living on the streets. However many homeless people are placed in temporary accommodation making homelessness invisible to the general public.


While they are provided with a roof over their heads, this does not give people a home of their own. Right now, there are more than 5000 adults and children living in this way and their number continues to grow. With so many living in temporary housing, the impression may be created that homelessness is not a major issue here. However we would regard a home of your own as a fundamental human right.


The Government seems able to find the funds for ever increasing numbers of temporary housing. This is not a good strategy for solving homelessness and urgent housing needs. The solution lies in more permanent housing and so we would call on the government over the next two years to commit itself to build 10,000 more social houses.” Tony McQuillan, Director, Shelter NI.


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