Charity helping the poor and needy in Central Beds appeals for storage space

Gordon Hamilton

Gordon Hamilton - Credit: Archant

The project leader of a Christian charity that provides emergency care for people in poverty says they are in desperate need of a storage facility to hold furniture and food.

Gordon Hamilton, who runs the Need Project in Central Beds, says the good cause regularly receives donations of food, furniture and clothes, but they have nowhere to store it all.

Gordon said: “We are looking for a storage facility in Stotfold or Shefford – it would have to be for free, of course, as we are a charity that provides a free service, but it would be an amazing goodwill gesture.”

The 59-year-old turned to the church himself after a ‘major crisis’ in his life. He said the plight of the poor has got worse and worse in Central Beds as more and more people have turned to the charity for help.

In 2014, the Need Project delivered 1,350 food hampers to people and fed 2,000 adults and 1,500 children. Some of the people are so desperate, he said, they have to chose between buying food or heating.

Gordon said: “We had a family in Arlesey who we delivered a parcel to.

“The mother was in such desperate financial hardship that she said without the emergency package we gave her, they would have gone without food for a week.”

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Unlike a traditional food bank, the Need Project travels to people in need, rather than waiting for people to come to them.

This is a particularly helpful strategy in the rural surroundings of Central Beds, where people struggle to reach alternative facilities.

Gordon added: “There is no judgement involved, no questions are asked.

“How can you judge someone in a desperate situation? They don’t want to be there, so we help them.”

You can find out more about the work the Need Project do and how to get involved by visiting