SmartMove gets the public vote to win £5k

Smartmove have got �5k from Lloyds after winning a public vote. Stuart Rumney, Philip Thomas and John Thorpe.
Smartmove have got �5k from Lloyds after winning a public vote. Stuart Rumney, Philip Thomas and John Thorpe.

Homeless charity Calderdale SmartMove has been given a £5,000 boost by Lloyds Banking Group.

The charity scooped the cash prize from the bank’s Community Fund after a West Yorkhire-wide public vote earlier this year. The win will support its work with homeless and vulnerable people across Calderdale.

Chief executive Stuart Rumney said it was humbling that people had thrown their backing behind the charity. He said: “We beg, steal and borrow furniture so the money will be a great help. We’ve a few ideas how we’ll spend the money. The people we deal with have got nothing so we were thinking about having a Christmas party for the little kids and getting them a present.”

Lloyds Banking Group’s network director John Thorpe visited the charity to hand over the cash this week and met Philip Thomas, who has been helped by SmartMove since he suffered an emotional breakdown 14 months ago after the death of his grandmother, who he was extremely close to.

Philip was homeless with no stability in his life but now has accommodation and attends educational classes and work clubs. Mr Rumney said: “His confidence has grown and now has a network of friends. He wants to be a role model for other young men so they can learn from mistakes he has made.”

Lloyds Banking Group’s fund has provided funding to 132 organisations in the UK. Visit www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/community.