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Chaplain’s thought for the week

Revd Tom explains why he’ll have his head shaved for £5,000

My Chaplain’s Charity this year is St. Petrock’s and it has been great to have Gill Luckings from the charity into our assemblies over the last two weeks to talk to our pupils about the work they do. St. Petrock’s are Exeter’s charity for the homeless or vulnerably housed, an important issue in our local area as each year around 600 people in Exeter face becoming homeless.

I have been really moved in hearing about St. Petrock’s and I was very impressed by my visit to the centre on Cathedral Yard last summer. People can become homeless for all sorts of reasons, but the biggest factors are poverty, relationship breakdown and the lack of affordable housing. Gill reminded our pupils that homelessness can actually happen to anyone.

St. Petrock’s endeavour to move people away from life on the streets as quickly as possible into affordable accommodation. The charity have their own housing projects, including a private rented housing service, an emergency four bedroom house, as well as flats from Exeter City Council. Last year they accommodated 243 people.

Every day St. Petrock’s supports between 55 to 65 people in their centre. While they are getting help in finding somewhere to live, or getting support with their health or benefits, they take advantage of the chance to have a hot breakfast and lunch, a shower, doing their laundry, and getting clean clothes or a sleeping bag.

So I’ve decided to offer to have my head shaved by Mr. Trelawny in the Chapel during the final week of term to raise money for St. Petrock’s… if we get to £5,000! If you’d like to support in this effort, please go to: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/shaverevtom