A HOMELESSNESS charity is to host a fundraising day at its newly opened unit at Rhyl’s White Rose Centre next week.

Ahava Community open its store in Rhyl on Tuesday, March 26, at the unit of the shopping centre formerly occupied by New Look and a “pop-up” Halloween and Christmas shop.

On Monday (May 27), it will hold a special day of activities, along with dedicated Rhyl fundraiser Richard Kendrick, who will be dressed as Bearjamin, the Fundraising Bear.

All proceeds will go towards supporting children living in temporary accommodation in Rhyl.


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The event, taking place at the store from 10am until 4pm, will feature music, a “teddy bear tombola”, a cake sale, tea and coffee, and more.

Ahava Community is an organisation which works towards ending homelessness and supporting individuals in crisis throughout the year.

It operates a Catalyst Night Shelter, which is open 365 days a year and provides refuge and essential services.

After opening in Rhyl, Ahava said it is working in conjunction with Denbighshire County Council, and will take referrals from the area to help those in need.

Kim Merry, Ahava chief executive, said: “Local people will be employed by the charity and we are working in conjunction with Denbighshire County Council to get people trained and back to work.

“If there is a need in the area for further homelessness provision we would work with the charitable sector to see if the expertise we have is useful for filling that gap.

“Our fundraising aim is to provide a national centre for recovery from addiction. This will not be London-based, and referrals will be taken from across the country, including Wales.

“We have been generally very warmly welcomed by the local people in Rhyl and look forward to working with the council, voluntary sector and the people in need and indeed the general public.”