Mike launches appeal to help local charity back on the road

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Local charity the New Hope Project is making a plea for support for a new vehicle after the new van they used to deliver much needed household goods to families in need broke down.

With repairs costing too much, the Bishopstoke and Fair Oak-based charity and local MP Mike Thornton have launched an appeal for much needed funding to buy a new van for the charity. Their aim is to raise about £6,000 for a Ford Transit -sized vehicle.

The charity are also in desperate need of more space to store the items they receive from donors, and are looking for further funding for this. They currently have items stored on three garages dotted around the area.

The charity works in partnership with the Ark (Acts of Random Kindness) project and other agencies locally, to supply working ‘white’ goods, furniture and other items to families who are in need in the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath area. New Hope also undertakes practical projects to help those in the local community who are unable to tackle tasks themselves, recently decorating two hallways and stairwells for two single mums.

Community Pastor Ian Hayes-Anderson, who heads up the project, said the lack of a vehicle was badly impacting on the charity's work and local families asking for help.

"With our van breaking down we are now unable to deliver to many of the families in need referred to us by the Ark project, with whom we work extremely closely. Just last week we had to let down two families and were unable to collect items wishing to be donated. We are so grateful to the local community for getting behind our appeal for much needed funds."

Local MP Mike Thornton said, "The New Hope and ARK projects are a credit to our community, helping out local people in real need. This is a desperate situation, and I want to urge local people to give generously so Ian and the team can buy that new vehicle and get the project back on the road."

If you can help, please visit http://www.newhopehampshire.org/page8/newhopeproject.html to donate to the cause, or contact Ian on 07739 027709 You can also contact the project at New Hope Project, 8 Strawberry Mead, Fair Oak SO50 8RG.

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