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Furley Page Raise Funds for Catching Lives

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Staff at leading Kent law firm Furley Page have raised hundreds of pounds for a charity which supports rough sleepers, the homeless and those vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent.

Drinks on the Lawn was the latest fundraiser organised by the team after the Furley Page Foundation – the charitable organisation set up by Furley Page – selected Catching Lives as its charity of the year for 2017.

Furley Page staff raised more than £325 at the latest event. Other fundraisers have so far included ‘dress down’ days and networking events.

Furley Page Senior Partner Peter Hawkes said: “These events are important as they help to provide support to those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. Members of staff enjoyed the event and are looking forward to raising more money in the lead up to Christmas.”

Catching Lives works towards ending the harm caused to individuals, families and the community, by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing. It offers immediate respite at the Canterbury Open Centre. It also works with clients to help them to tackle any issues that they may have, get access to suitable accommodation and find the motivation to take steps towards personal recovery and independent living. Chasing Lives’ achievements were recognised in last year’s Kent Charity Awards, where it won the Community and Environment award.

Donations – both financial and material – are essential to the running of Catching Lives’ programmes, which include a winter shelter and a permanent outreach worker.

The charity raises money at its bookshop in Canterbury, located at Sir John Boys House (often known as the Crooked House for its delightfully skewed 17th century structure) in Palace Street. It has recently been voted the best bookshop in Kent. Volunteers and donations of food, clothing and much-needed funds are always being sought.

James Duff, a Trustee at Catching Lives, said: “We want to thank Furley Page for all they are doing in raising funds and awareness of our work. Such donations are what we need to stay open and, with at least 50 people sleeping rough in Canterbury every night, support these people who rely on us for the most essential things. Around 75% of our work is funded by donations, so we cannot operate without the crucial support of the community and organisations such as Furley Page.”

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