A generous local Indian take-away have been donating free 20 meals every Sunday to HARP.
Ratna and Samit Biswas, owners of Café The Royal Bengal based in Westcliff, pride themselves on cooking fresh, authentic Indian cuisine, and have been preparing special packages for residents at HARP's women's hostel, White Heather House.
Samit said "our philosophy in life is to give back to society; we know there are a lot of homeless people in Southend and we wanted to help." Ratna added "I love cooking, and our food comes from the heart. Knowing that our food is being enjoyed by people that may not be able to afford a treat at the weekend is lovely."
White Heather House is a single gender hostel for local women that are homeless, and HARP are already seeing great results from the new venture.
This kind donation gives the residents the opportunity to get together and share a nutritious meal, whilst getting to know each other better to build a strong support group, which in turn helps with recovery. Making new friends is vital when trying to overcome trauma, so the donation make a huge difference.
White Heather House resident Donna White said "we love the food on a Sunday, it's lovely. We all try so hard to budget every day and this means going without treats like a take-away, so this is such a lovely gesture and means a lot to us all."
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