The Poplar Club of Accrington will hold a fundraiser for veterans

Written by community journalist, Liam Milton

A Hyndburn charity is to hold a fundraising event at the Poplar Club in Accrington to help veterans of the armed forces.

The funds raised will be used to finance a “mess club” which aims to promote socialization within a group of veterans.

Faith Marriott MBE, Business Development Manager, said: ‘This group is trying to encourage each other to get out from behind the woodwork, get out of the house, reduce isolation, reduce mental health [issues]and just come up with ideas of what they want to do.

“A lot of services are about what they offer, we want this group of people to develop what they want out of it.”

Homes For Humanity, based in Eastgate, Accrington, aims to provide people at risk across Hyndburn with sustainable housing and employment.

Ms Marriott said: ‘The charity is about veterans, allowing them to come and talk to us about their mental health issues, [or] if they are looking for work.

“Lately we’ve had a few struggling to find accommodation, unsecured accommodation, issues with landlords, etc.”

Ms Marriott added: ‘We also aim to work with low-income families and anyone who is looking for work or needs a foothold or step on the ladder so to speak.

The event starts at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £10 including sausage sandwiches.

For more details visit their website here.

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