Donations help give boost to the homeless

Tynemouth WI present a quilt to Depaul officials.

Tynemouth WI present a quilt to Depaul officials.

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A charity supporting homeless people has received a cheque and equipment from a WI group.

Ladies at Tynemouth WI chose Depaul’s Compass Project in Whitley Bay as their charity of the year for 2014 for the work it does in providing safe, long-term accommodation for homeless young people.

A range of fundraising events were held over the year, and at a recent meeting members presented £171, a handmade quilt and cushions to officials at Depaul.

Andrea Carrick, president of Tynemouth WI, said: “The quilt was made from friendship, and we wanted to extend that friendship to the young people at the Compass Project.”

The Compass Project, in Esplanade Avenue, is due to re-open this month after an expansion and refurbishment, and the quilt will take pride of place in the communal living room area whilst the money donated will be used by the project to support the young people who live there.

Laura Warner, community fundraiser for Depaul, said: “Depaul relies so much on the support of the local community and it plays a huge part in us being able to continue to change the lives of the vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless people we work with across the north east.

The Tynemouth WI’s generosity and loyalty is greatly appreciated by everyone at Depaul.

Laura Warner, community fundraiser for Depaul

“The Tynemouth WI’s generosity and loyalty is greatly appreciated by everyone at Depaul.

“I know the young people at the Compass project in Whitley Bay will be grateful for the latest donation and touched to know that there are people in the local community who care about them and want to help them at this difficult time in their life.”