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Absolute Corporate Events presents House of St Barnabas with fundraising cheque

Managing director and owner of Absolute Corporate Events, Chris Parnham, presented a cheque for £1,500 to Rohini Jain from House of St Barnabas, 29 August, after the ACE team took part in ‘The Colour Obstacle Rush’ in Sheffield on June 29th 2019 at Rother Valley Country Park to raise money for the charity.

The team took part in a 5km obstacle route set up at The Rother Valley Country Park. Alongside being doused with coloured powder, the obstacle course also involved foam, water balloon fights and other surprises.

Team members were Chris Parnham; Jill Dunlop; Jessica Collis; Jemma Barton; Charlotte Rowatt; Rachel Burlington; Simon Burleigh, Paul Hutton and Sarah Gibbs

House of St Barnabas club is a private members club and charity, based in Soho, which provides a comfortable and exclusive environment for its members. It exists to help create a fair and equal society, whilst breaking the cycle of homelessness through their integrated Employment Academy.

Membership fees and donations facilitate the work of their Employment Academy, which supports homelessness in London to find and thrive in lasting paid work.

The charity mostly focuses on helping the homeless back into full time employment, through its academy and mentor programme.

Graduates of the scheme are put to work at the club, whilst receiving coaching and training to help them into long-term employment after this period. They are matched with a mentor and introduced to prospective employers. ACE have been members since 2018 and ACE MD Chris Parnham is one of the club’s mentors.

Nearly 7,500 people sleep rough on the streets of London every year. There were an estimated 597 deaths of homeless people in England & Wales in 2017, this figure has increased by a massive 24% over the last five years. Sleeping rough has serious consequences. The average age of death was just 44 for men and 42 for women and they are 9 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person. Six in ten rough sleepers surveyed said they had been insulted by a member of the public.

With support, such as from The House of Barnabas, people can leave homelessness behind. The project provides life-changing advice and support to homeless people, empowering them to move on and make a fresh start away from the street.