Local charity saved from closure by Angus churches

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A LOCAL charity in dire financial straits was on the verge of closing its doors when churches across Angus intervened.

Just over one month ago Arbroath-based charity Starter Packs Angus, which provides essential household items for people who could not otherwise afford them, was plagued by funding problems.

In a last-ditch attempt to solve its cash-flow crisis the charity approached the Angus Presbytery.

The response was phenomenal.

Churches throughout Angus raised almost £1500 in a single week.

A spokesperson from Starter Packs Angus expressed just how grateful the charity was.

“We were barely a week from having to close the door.

“The churches’ response was amazing.

Their donations have quite honestly saved Starter Packs Angus and we’d like to thank the Angus Presbytery, the congregations and individuals who gave in response to our appeal and ensured that we could help twenty households in the last five weeks.”

In total, £2819 was raised by over a dozen different churches.

Starter Packs Angus is now back on its feet.

With funding secured from NHS Tayside and Lloyds TSB, the charity is already looking ahead.

There are plans for possible satellite bases at Brechin and Kirriemuir.

These would make it easier for people to donate household items and, importantly, cut the time needed to provide new tenants with Starter Packs.

Anyone able to provide space for such a base is encouraged to call Starter Packs Angus on 01241 878588 or email them at enquiries@starterpacksangus.org.uk

Donations of household items including bedding, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils are always welcomed.

Starter Packs Angus is a registered charity (SC 033459) based in Arbroath, Angus.

It was founded in 2003 to provide household essentials for people moving into new tenancies who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Many clients are ex-homeless and the items provided in ‘Starter Packs’ can be the difference between getting life back on track and getting trapped in a cycle of repeat homelessness.