The Northampton House of the national charity Life has thanked the Northampton community, which rallied to help the House by fundraising and redecorating.
The house is part of Life’s Pregnancy Matters™ service, which offers counselling, a place to live and practical support for women in crisis pregnancies and all those affected by pregnancy loss. Northampton’s help will mean the world of difference for the women housed there and their babies.
Carpets and blinds for the redecoration were supplied by Councillor Penny Flavell with the assistance of her Empowerment Fund. Local staff from Nationwide’s People and Development team helped to complete the redecoration as part of their Citizenship Day. Following their own successful fundraising drive for the House at various Nationwide sites, they helped out on site with painting, putting up shelving, and doing huge improvement work at the front and back of the House.
Ellen Rufus, Pregnancy Matters™ Support Worker for the Northampton House, said, “The house feels so much more homely. The team from Nationwide were amazing – they did all they came to do and more. They even offered to come back when the weather is warmer to do some more painting outside!” Ellen also extended her appreciation to the Councillor and for her assistance.
Gordon Reed, Nationwide’s People and Development team leader, said “It’s been a fabulous opportunity to make a difference and help someone else. It has opened our eyes to what services are provided in the community and what help services need in order to continue and be able to provide what they do.”
Councillor Flavell also extended her appreciation to Life for their work, saying, “It’s a marvellous charity. The help it gives to these girls, when they are in most need, is just wonderful.”
Life is one of the largest providers of supported accommodation for homeless pregnant women and mothers in the country, with more than twenty houses. These houses offer accommodation, life-skills training, support and counselling to vulnerable women before and after they have given birth to their baby.