Canterbury businesses going Purple for Porchlight

4 October 2019

Nearly 40 local shops and businesses have pledged to join us in the fight against homelessness.

Large sections of the Cathedral Quarter and King’s Mile, as well as McDonald’s, are going ‘Purple for Porchlight’ next week. They will be creating purple window displays, hanging purple bunting and wearing purple shirts in support of our work.

Customers will be able to donate towards Porchlight’s work. They will also be able to find out how it helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.

The shops and businesses are going purple all week to coincide with World Homeless Day on Thursday 10 October. Several other businesses around Kent will also be holding their own ‘Purple for Porchlight’ fundraisers.

“When it comes to tackling homelessness we're all in it together,” explains Porchlight’s Jo Skelton.

“It's why the support of local businesses is so important to what we do. We’re really grateful to them for stepping up and making a difference to lives of homeless and vulnerable people.”

Canterbury Business Improvement District is supporting Purple for Porchlight.

“We have worked with the Porchlight outreach workers on the streets of Canterbury and have seen the difference they make to people’s lives,” says Canterbury Business Improvement District’s Lisa Carlson.

“Porchlight is also on hand to help businesses and it is great to see how we can all work together to help with the problem of homelessness.”

On World Homeless Day, Porchlight is also hosting a conference at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge that will look at solutions to ending homelessness in Kent and beyond. Professionals from the housing sector, business and church leaders, local authority representatives and academics will come together to share ideas and swap expertise.