Milton Keynes homelessness charity calls for town's help to win £5k prize

The charity needs your vote in a public competition

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 11:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 11:26 am

Milton Keynes citizens are being urged to back a homelessness charity's chase for £5,000

The Bus Shelter MK has called on the residents to back its bid to win the top prize in a nationwide competition run by Selco builders warehouse.

The charity is one of 12 finalists from around the UK going before a public vote in the Selco Stars competition, which attracted hundreds of entries.

Dave Pickering and Pam Williams at The Bus Shelter MK
Dave Pickering and Pam Williams at The Bus Shelter MK

Selco, which has a branch in Milton Keynes on Denbigh Road, has organised the competition, designed to support charities and community groups in their Covid-19 recovery.

A team of Selco judges selected a dozen 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 of £5,000.

A second prize of £1,250 is also available to mark Selco’s 125th anniversary.

You can vote for The Bus Shelter MK here.

The charity's spokesman Pam Williams said: “We offer a route out of homelessness for people sleeping on the streets of Milton Keynes and have provided a temporary home to more than 90 people since opening in March 2018.

“We were previously based in a converted double decker bus in a car park but the charity now has a long term home following our renovations to a former landscaping depot. Winning £5,000 would be huge boost for us and enable us to help more people rebuild their lives.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We were inundated with applicants from a host of good causes with outstanding credentials, so The Bus Shelter MK have done extremely well to be shortlisted."

She added: “It does excellent work in the community and hopefully the whole of Milton Keynes 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.”