Portsmouth charity wins supermarket’s charity of the year award

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A SERVICE for homeless people in Portsmouth won a Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year award this month.

Run by the national charity Rethink Mental Illness, The Central Point service works with people who are homeless, some of whom have mental illnesses.

The service was founded in 2000, employing eight workers and helping over 8,000 people in the area each year.

The award was given by Sainsbury’s Portsmouth, in Commercial Road, in recognition of the work the charity does do to improve the lives of people in the area.

The service received £500 and will now partner with the store to fundraise.

Hannah Paradise, from Rethink Mental Illness, said: ‘We’re delighted to have received this award and look forward to doing joint fundraising in the coming months.

‘Many of the people who we help have a mental health problem. Being homeless can push vulnerable people into mental illness or worsen an already-existing condition.’

For more information on the charity call (023) 9229 8791.