Darcie Reilly the daughter of our managing director Nathan has surprised us all with her heartfelt actions this Christmas. Without any prompting Darcie decided to raise awareness for homeless people this Christmas by collecting goods and donations through her school St Katharine's, in Knockholt, Kent. Darcie wasn’t aware but her dad’s company Cleaner Products has been operating as an ambassador and providing the cleaning products for The Whitechapel Mission in London for a number of years. 10 year old Darcie was helped by her younger brother Oscar who helped with the collections and delivery to The Whitechapel Mission, Darcie was questioned on this subject and this this is what she had to say:
What made you think of helping the homeless ?
During a lesson at school we were talking about the problems there are in the world and this made me think of homeless people and how I could help them, so I decided to do something about it. I produced a poster that was put up on the school gates and the response was amazing.
What was your thoughts on your first visit to The Whitechapel Mission ?
I was quite surprised at how organised it was and Sue Miller was very pleased with our donations and thanked the kind people of Knockholt and Halstead, she then explained how the mission was run, she told me how grateful she was for our efforts and that made it all very worth while, Sue Miller even gave Oscar a ride in the trolley which he thought was really good.
About The Whitechapel Mission
The Whitechapel Mission does not receive any public funding yet it has been serving the homeless and marginalised for many years, this included day centre, skills training and career advice and specialist support for complex needs. In 2016 The Whitechapel Mission provided 25,800 showers, 109,131 breakfasts, 97 people have found permanent accommodation and 169 found a hostel during this year, 3,117 people have used the advice services. 15% of the people who have had help from The Whitechapel Mission were from the armed services. All of this has been made possible by the amazing team at Whitechapel headed by Sue and Tony Miller along with 3.332 volunteers suppling 23,493 hours of work.
Christmas and New years is a time for celebration for most of us, but for those who are homeless, it’s too often a day of painful memories of the wrong turns, families lost and forgotten loves, The Whitechapel Mission is open every day of the year and Christmas is no exception. New figures show that 3,569 people were sleeping on our streets this year and this was an increase of 30% from last year. You can volunteer to help out with this incredible charity by going onto their website and reading their ‘Volunteer Guideline’ or you can donate to this worthwhile cause by visiting www.whitechapel.org.uk