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A generous donation will help to create a beautiful garden area at our homeless service in Keighley.
Computershare Loan Services has donated £1,000 to Horton Housing’s STAY at Home (Keighley) service to transform a disused piece of land at the back of its premises.

STAY at Home provides accommodation and support to people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness in the Keighley area. They work with clients who have multiple or complex needs including issues with domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health and learning difficulties.
Clients got together last week to plan the project and hope to include:
• flowerbeds
• a vegetable plot and strawberry patch
• a water feature or pond
• a seating area to relax, socialise and meditate
• a compost bin and water butt
• a barbecue.

The land overlooks the river and, when finished, will create a peaceful outdoor space for clients who often do not have access to a garden. The vegetable patch means that they can grow their own produce and eat more healthily and affordably.
Computershare Loan Services is the UK’s largest third-party administrator of mortgages. As a result, they have helped thousands of people manage their finances, overcome financial problems and reduce their debt. This money has come via the organisation’s Charity Donations Fund.
The staff at the Crossflatts office have regularly donated clothes and houseware to Horton Housing’s clients over the years.
Gemma Mason, STAY at Keighley manager, said: “We are so pleased to receive this money from Computershare. Our clients and staff are very excited about how we can use this money to create a beautiful garden for everyone to enjoy.”
Cathy Holmes, Team Co-ordinator who works in the People Team at Computershare Loan Services, said: ‘Many of our employees have donated clothing and household items to Horton Housing for a number of years, so we are delighted to take a further step and help support a community garden through our CLS Charity Fund.
“We look forward to seeing the garden mature and provide a welcome retreat for individuals and families affected by homelessness and other issues.”