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Lodge donation helps homeless people on road to recovery

COFFEE MATES - Jo Patel, Service Development manager at Ten St Paul’s hostel, left, and Ise Ouhamma, Business Development asst, right, raise their cups to the generosity of Tony Croucher and Richard Gilddon from Verwood Masonic Lodge as they hand over funds to BCHA’s business manager Sarah Mullins, centre, to pay for a coffee machine for the new Recovery Café at the hostel.


Bournemouth’s Ten St Paul’s hostel for homeless people is able to equip its new Recovery Café with a coffee machine, thanks to a £2460 donation from Verwood Masonic Lodge.

BCHA-run Ten St Paul’s provides supported accommodation for 40 people affected by homelessness, substance and alcohol misuse and complex trauma issues, with a focus on improving health and wellbeing.

During the last two years BCHA has implemented the complete refurbishment of the centre’s accommodation and installed new resources including medical rooms and enhanced IT and training facilities. 

The new Recovery Café will provide a healthy space for customers, many of whom are overcoming or battling substance or alcohol dependency, to meet socially, enjoy coffee and find solace, friendships and support. 

Anthony Croucher and Richard Gilddon of Verwood Masonic Lodge presented their cheque for £2460 to BCHA’s business manager Sarah Mullins and other staff from Ten St Paul’s. 

Anthony said: “This money was raised during my year as Master of the Lodge through a variety of raffles and social events.

“I chose BCHA to benefit from my year in office because I admire its work in helping homeless people to rebuild their lives.”

He added: “Like everyone within the masonic movement, Verwood Lodge is committed to helping anyone in our local community in any way we can. 

“It is very satisfying to know that we are supporting this hugely important new Recovery Café at Ten St Paul’s.”

BCHA has spent over 50 years helping thousands of vulnerable people find a way of out of homelessness and into homes and jobs.

The organisation’s Assistant Director of Supporting Housing and Health, Carmen White said: “We are extremely grateful to the members of Verwood Lodge for this generous donation.

“Coffee machines are extremely expensive and their gift will be immensely helpful in establishing the Recovery Café for Ten St Paul’s and its customers.”



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