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PFTP and Gett Off raise £553.50 for StopGap

24 March 2016

Party For The People recently joined forces with top party starters – Gett Off, to raise £553.50 for a Sheffield homelessness charity.

On Friday 5th February, The Harley played host to Numbers / Local Action stalwart Deadboy, Wolf Music’s Medlar and Rye Wax’s Tom Unlikely, with Banana Hill’s Cervo and Gett Off resident Jayskilatah also joining them to help the cause.

Everyone who came to the party - along with Additional Donations from February tickets - helped raise £553.50 for StopGap. The Sheffield based charity provides homeless men and women with bed and breakfast accommodation for two to three nights.

This gives referral agencies, such as Sheffield Rough Sleepers Service - Turning Point, a window of opportunity to secure permanent housing and resolve deeper issues such as substance misuse and poor mental health.

The £553.50 will provide 32 nights of accommodation for people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.

Chairwoman of StopGap Ruth Grayson says: “The amount you raised will considerably increase the number of bed nights we are able to provide and will help to reduce further the extent of rough sleeping in this city.

“Many of our clients express their thanks to StopGap via the agencies, such as Turning Point, with which they are working to resolve their accommodation issues, and it gives me great pleasure in turn to pass on that thanks.”

Of the 240 who were referred to StopGap by Turning Point from 1st January 2015 to 10th November 2015, 107 signed up to the service. Of the 57 people who have since left the service, 48 secured longer term accommodation.

StopGap is solely dependent on donations from individuals and organisations in order to help homeless people off the streets.

More information about the work StopGap and Turning Point do can be found here.

Photograph by Matt Collins.