The Cambridge mark 170 years by helping the homeless in Cambridge

18 June 2020 • Community

To celebrate 170 years of The Cambridge, we did something a bit different. We decided not to go with the traditional birthday cake with 170 candles, and instead we went back to our roots. In 1850 The Cambridge set out on a mission to help people have a home. 170 years later we’re still here. And we’re still finding new and exciting ways to help the people of our local community have a home.

Earlier this year we learnt about joint venture by Jimmy’s Cambridge and Allia. By building six self-contained units they have gone the extra mile to help homeless people around Cambridge. To support the project and to mark our 170 years, we were delighted to donate £5,000 to fully furnish two of the homes. With our sponsorship we have been able to support the purchasing of everyday home comforts like beds and sofas and essentials including cookware.

In association with Allia, the construction took place at Waterbeach Barracks before the units were delivered to their new Cambridge site in May 2020. Jimmy’s Cambridge have already identified the new residents of the units, with a focus on who might benefit from private accommodation the most. The new residents are expected to move into their new homes in the coming weeks.

Mark Allan, Jimmy’s Cambridge Chief Executive added, “The funding we’ve received from The Cambridge is being used to help transform two of the empty units into homes. With this generous donation, our new residents will be well equipped to start their new lives. It’s been a challenge to source everyday household items such as beds, cookers and more but everything will be in place by the time the residents move in later this month. We’re thrilled that The Cambridge decided to mark their 170th birthday by helping us deliver a great opportunity for people moving into their own self-contained accommodation”.