Posted on Tuesday 9 December 2014 by Ânia Gonçalves
‘The Bakery’s owner John Fleming; Councillor Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast; Ânia Gonçalves Administration Trainee; Richard Walker Management Committee Member of Shelter NI and DJ/Radio Presenter Kathryn Wilson.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon showed her support for The Bakery Café’s upcoming fundraising event for Shelter NI and urged the public to come along and donate whilst picking up a yummy festive treat. Now in its second year, The Bakery located on Howard Street, Belfast will donate all its takings received on Sunday 21st December to the charity.
The event will run from 10am – 3.30pm with Blast 106 radio presenter, Kathryn Wilson also on hand to help serve up the great selection of Christmas and traditional snacks available, such as mince pies, shortbread, soup and sandwiches and other pastries; all these will be complemented by delicious hot drinks of coffee, tea and chocolate. A perfect way for you to relax and recharge the batteries after a busy Christmas shopping day plus support the local homeless charity.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon said: “I am delighted to support the Bakery in its fundraising drive for Shelter NI which works with some of our city’s most forgotten citizens. I want to pay tribute to the Bakery for compassionately thinking of, and helping to support, those less fortunate in our society.”
“For many people, the prevailing image of homelessness is the person sleeping on the streets trying to keep warm and dry with cardboard and newspaper. In Northern Ireland not many homeless people remain on the streets. However it would be wrong to believe that homelessness is not a major issue here.
Many homeless people find themselves placed in temporary accommodation, sometimes for several years. While these families have a roof over their heads they have nowhere they can call home. Today more than 5,000 adults and their children live in such temporary housing and hostels.
Having a home of your own is a fundamental human right. We welcome the government’s commitment to star 2,000 new social homes this year. However, to eliminate the use of long term temporary housing for homeless people, the Stormont Executive would need to find more funds and commit to building 5,000 social homes each year until that aim is achieved.” Said Tony McQuillan, Director, Shelter NI.
Shelter NI would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to The Bakery and its staff for their continued support. All donations generated on the day will help Shelter NI to continue its work with homeless individual adults, young people and families.