Leeds Charity In Chase For £5,000

LATCH In Chase For £5,000

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A Leeds charity which provides housing support for the homeless and other vulnerable people in the city is seeking support in its quest to win top prize in a nationwide competition – and with it £5,000.

Leeds Action To Create Homes (LATCH) is one of 12 finalists from around the UK going before a public vote in the Selco Stars competition, which attracted hundreds of entries.

Leading builders merchants Selco Builders Warehouse – which has branches in Roundhay and on Elland Road – has organised the competition, designed to support charities and community groups.

Over each of the last six months, judges have selected two causes to receive £500 worth of building materials and now the shortlisted groups will be aiming to top a vote and land a cash windfall.

To vote for LATCH, visit: www.selcobw.com/selcostars

LATCH refurbishes derelict and run-down houses in the Chapeltown, Harehills and Burley area of Leeds. When they’re fully modernised and furnished, the properties are handed over to people who are homeless or in housing need.

Manjeet Gahir, property services manager for LATCH, said: “Our aim is to give homeless people in the city and others in need of support a fresh start with a roof over their head and the platform to create a home and return to independent living.

“In addition, we have a host of volunteers who work on the properties. These are often people out of work but we help them learn a new skill or trade, which often leads to our volunteers getting new jobs and careers.

“If we were lucky enough to win the £5,000, it would help us improve both the number and the quality of houses we are able to renovate to make them fit for living for homeless and vulnerable people.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, added: “We were inundated with applicants from a host of good causes with outstanding credentials so LATCH has done extremely well to be shortlisted.

“It does excellent work in the community and hopefully all local residents will get behind the charity in its quest to win an amount of money which would make a huge difference to the work it does.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days and for a minimum of 80 hours per week, Selco’s 66 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services and a café in branch, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click ‘N’ Deliver, a 30 minute Click & Collect service and a free Project List app which allows tradespeople to plan, manage and quote for all jobs – as well as complete purchases – through their smartphone.

For more information on Selco visit www.selcobw.com

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