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Romford homeless charity wins £46,000 to expand its stores

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 April 2017

Stewart Roberts with volunteers from Haircuts4Homeless.

Stewart Roberts with volunteers from Haircuts4Homeless.

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A charity which offers haircuts for homeless people to help boost their confidence has received a £46,000 grant after being selected as one of the winners of a national competition.

Haircuts4Homeless was one of three London winners for The People’s Project following a public vote over the past couple of weeks.

It is a great achievement for Stewart Roberts, of Ernest Road, Hornchurch, who battled back from alcoholism and founded Haircuts4Homeless in November 2014 and operated out of the Salvation Army, in High Street, Romford.

Stewart now runs 30 stores across the country and the money will enable himto expand the charity and to plan ahead without having to worry about where funding is going to come from.

“I’ve had a good week,” said Stewart. “I was genuinely relieved and pleased – I wasn’t expecting it at all.

“What’s great about having that money is with a budget in place we can plan out the next year. It’s not if or when – now we can plan out our year and have the funds to get it done.”

The charity has more than 100 volunteers across the country and Stewart thanked them for their efforts in helping to get votes for the project.

“We have such a great team of volunteers – they’ve all been pushing it on social media.”


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