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Screening of Cathy Come Home Raises Much Needed Funds

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10Nov

cheque-presentation_cathy-come-home_w300A screening at the Duke of Yorks cinema of the historically important film ‘Cathy Come Home’ raised £525 for BHT’s Brighton Advice Centre.

Half of the ticket sales have been passed on to BHT to support the work of its Advice Centre in Queen’s Road, and a collection on the door raised a further £137.

‘Cathy Come Home’ was first screened by the BBC on 16th November 1966 and directed by Ken Loach.

‘Cathy’ tells of the decline into homelessness of Cathy and her family when her husband has an accident at work. The film ends with social services removing Cathy’s children at a railway station, and Cathy, whose husband is no longer on the scene, left weeping uncontrollably as the credits role.

Brighton actor Ray Brooks played Cathy’s husband, Reg.

A cheque for £388 was presented by Tim Brown of Cinecity, the owners of the Duke of York’s and Dukes at Komedia to Jo Berry, Head of Fundraising, Marketing and PR at BHT and BHT Board member, Bill Randall.

We and the Duke of York’s were delighted to work in partnership with Brighton Housing Trust to support the work of their advice centre in Brighton.

Each year the advice centre helps hundreds of household to avoid homelessness, so they do not find themselves in the same desperate situation as Cathy.

There is a crisis of homelessness in the UK, not least in a Brighton and Hove, and anything any one of us can do to prevent even one person ending up on the streets is so important.

Tim Brown from Cinecity

Brighton is a special place with many wonderful businesses doing great work to support the many hundreds of charities working in our communities, be they the Brighton and Hove Table Tennis Club, Allsorts, or Brighton Housing Trust, just three of the organisations I work with.

We at BHT are immensely grateful to Tim and all at Cinecity for screening of Cathy with half the ticket sales going to our Advice Centre.

The screening was a timely reminder of both how far we have come, yet how little has changed. Some things have got better, like the Homeless Person’s Act, and social services rarely taking children into care because of homelessness.

Rather they accommodate the family. But we have by no means begun to see the end of homelessness. In Brighton and Hove we have 24,000 people on the housing waiting list, 1,800 children living in temporary and emergency accommodation, and almost 150 rough sleepers.

This situation is replicated throughout the country, and it is a scandal that in this, one of the richest countries in the world, we cannot provide decent homes for all our citizens.

Bill Randall, BHT Board Member

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