Christmas came early for residents of a hostel for homeless people in Hackney, east London, as an East End dental practice donated around 200 toothbrushes and boxes of toothpaste.
Mervin Sealy, the deputy manager of St Mungo’s hostel, and apprentice project worker, Penny Mochine, were delighted to receive the gifts from dentist Greg Pierre and Nick Fabbri from the Altmore Dental Practice on the Isle of Dogs.
Mervin said: ‘We’re very grateful to the dentists at Altmore for their kind donation. Our residents have sometimes been living on the margins of society and found it hard to cope with housing, health or other problems they’ve faced in their lives.
‘Our aim is to support them to regain their confidence and self-esteem so they can rebuild and move on with their lives.’
The hostel in Mare Street has 45 individual rooms and 15 self-contained studio flats for homeless and vulnerable people.
Within the hostel, residents are supported with improving their health, alongside a Pathways to Employment programme through which people can get involved in activities from art, drama and cooking, to skills training courses in painting and decorating.
St Mungo’s is London’s largest homelessness charity, accommodating more than 1,600 homeless and vulnerable people each night.
The charity was established more than 40 years ago and now has 100 housing, health and work projects across London and the south.