Staff at much-loved Brighton homelessness charity The Clock Tower Sanctuary had the best surprise when kindhearted local insurance firm gave them a £92,000 donation.
The charity provides a drop-in centre for homeless 16-25 year-olds in Brighton and Hove, but has struggled to keep up with the growing demand for this service due to a lack of statutory funding.
The money, donated by Riverstone Management Ltd, will allow the charity to expand its day centre. It currently only has small premises in central Brighton for the drop-in.
Natalia Borg, the development manager at The Clock Tower Sanctuary, said: “This unbelievable donation means we will be able to expand, doubling the space of the day centre. We are so grateful to everyone at RiverStone – we still can’t quite believe it!”
A spokesperson for Riverstone said the company was ‘delighted’ to be able to make the donation and to give back to the local community, adding that homelessness was a key issue to many Riverstone employees.
Natalia added that Brighton is home to the largest homeless population outside of London, which makes this donation all the more important.