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8 February 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tradesmen Help Re-build Lives in Brighton

And Support Crossover Charity.

SUMMARY

Brighton and Hove tradesmen, through their membership of Checkatrade.com, (www.checkatrade.com) are helping to rebuild the lives of those less fortunate than themselves by supporting Brighton based charity, Crossover. Checkatrade is assisting Crossover, an arm of City Coast Church, in their work with the homeless, and people living “on the edge”, of Brighton by a massive £7000 per year. This money is used to help provide hot meals delivered to the streets of Brighton every week, as well as blankets, clothing, soap, toothpaste and hot drinks.

PRESS RELEASE

Brighton and Hove tradesmen, through their membership of Checkatrade.com, (www.checkatrade.com) are helping to rebuild the lives of those less fortunate than themselves by supporting Brighton based charity, Crossover. Checkatrade is assisting Crossover, an arm of City Coast Church, in their work with the homeless, and people living “on the edge”, of Brighton by a massive £7000 per year. This money is used to help provide hot meals delivered to the streets of Brighton every week, as well as blankets, clothing, soap, toothpaste and hot drinks.
 
Each year, Crossover hosts Christmas dinner for the homeless and those who are on their own at Christmas. In 2007 over 100 people tucked into turkey and pheasant kindly donated by the local shoot. As well as this, Crossover runs “Digging For Dignity” a work creation scheme which is designed to assist homeless people to integrate back into society. The program gives the participants the opportunity to regain life skills that allow them to re-enter the workplace with confidence. They are given assistance in finding a home as well as given furniture that has been donated to the scheme. The Digging For Dignity Program has already had its successes – one couple, both alcoholics, have both “dried out”, found work and a home, and have impressed Social Services so much that they have been allowed to have their child back living with them.

Crossover Coordinator, David Bolton, said “The amazing on-going support of Checkatrade allows us to give hope back to the hopeless. Each cup of soup, blanket or box of provisions says “Someone cares””.

Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO of Checkatrade said “No man is an island. We cannot turn a blind eye to the misfortune of others. To be honest, it would not take very much for many of us to find ourselves without a roof over our heads or food to eat. Yes, I could use the money we donate each year for self indulgence but I truly believe it is better spent helping to change lives for the good.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.

Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ
Tel: 01243 601234
Fax: 01243 601246
info@checkatrade.com