Selco Builders Warehouse has donated £500 store credit to a homelessness charity in Milton Keynes which offers people shelter in a double decker bus, as it plans a move to more permanent accommodation.
The Bus Shelter MK received the donation as part of the Selco Stars initiative.
The charity plans to use to the funds to help renovate a unit to be used by homeless people in the town.
Each month, Selco – which has a branch in Milton Keynes on Denbigh Road – is donating £500 of building materials to two groups across the UK, with the 12 finalists going forward for a public vote for the chance to win £5,000 in cash.
A second prize of £1,250 is also available to mark Selco’s 125th anniversary.
Pam Williams, of The Bus Shelter MK, said: “We offer a route out of homelessness for people sleeping on the streets of Milton Keynes and have provided a temporary home to more than 70 people since opening in March 2018. We are currently based in a converted double decker bus in a car park but we have been offered a 10-year lease from Milton Keynes Council to take over a former landscaping depot. The existing unit needs to be completely refurbished and the exterior landscaped. These materials will be a huge boost and will help us to get the job done. We are extremely grateful to Selco.”
Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “The charity does amazing work to help ease homelessness in Milton Keynes. Securing this unit from the council is a big step forward for the charity and we’re delighted to be able to help them get it ready for use. This is a great example of how Selco Stars is making a big difference to communities across the UK.”