Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon showed her support for The Bakery Café’s upcoming fundraising event for Shelter NI and urged the public to come along and donate whilst picking up a yummy festive treat. Now in its second year, The Bakery located on Howard Street, Belfast will donate all its takings received on Sunday 21st December to the charity.
The event will run from 10am – 3.30pm with Blast 106 radio presenter, Kathryn Wilson also onhand to help serve up the great selection of Christmas and traditional snacks available, such as mince pies, shortbread, soup and sandwiches and other pastries; all these will be complemented by delicious coffees, teas and hot chocolates. A perfect way to relax and recharge the batteries after a busy Christmas shopping day plus support the local homeless charity.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon said: “I am delighted to support the Bakery in its fundraising drive for Shelter NI which works with some of our city’s most forgotten citizens. I want to pay tribute to the Bakery for compassionately thinking of, and helping to support, those less fortunate in our society.”
“For many people, the prevailing image of homelessness is the person sleeping on the streets trying to keep warm and dry with cardboard and newspaper. In Northern Ireland not many homeless people are found on the streets. However it would be wrong to believe that homelessness is not a major issue here.
Many homeless people find themselves placed in temporary accommodation, sometimes for several years. While these families have a roof over their heads they have nowhere they can call home. Today more than 5,000 adults and their children live in such temporary housing and hostels.
Having a home of your own is a fundamental human right. We welcome the government commitment to starting 2,000 new social homes this year. Despite this programme, we believe that there is a current need to find the funds to eliminate temporary housing for homeless people. That would mean committing to building 5,000 social homes each year with that aim is achieved.” Tony McQuillan, Director, Shelter NI.
Shelter NI would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to The Bakery and its staff for its continued support and contribution. The donations generated on the day will help Shelter NI to continue its work supporting vulnerable adults and the homeless.