Metropolis was pleased to see the outside antics of our team goosing around at the recent CRASH Wildgoose Chase have helped provide homeless people in Winchester with a new place to stay inside.

CRASH Winchester Churches Nightshelter

Having raised £17,900 at the recent industry-wide event where Property Week is media partner (see images from the Wildgoose Chase here), construction and property industry charity CRASH has helped Winchester Churches Nightshelter refurbish their new move-on accommodation.

‘Ben’s House’ will provide four homeless people with a new home after their stay at the Nightshelter which runs 365 days a year. Winchester Churches Nightshelter supports up to 200 people facing homelessness each year. The purpose of Ben’s House is to help homeless people who are ready to take the next step on their journey towards independence and counteract the rising number of rough sleepers in the UK.

Ben’s House has been dedicated to the memory of local man Ben Blyth, an ex-Nightshelter resident, who passed away having suffered from a complex and incurable mental health condition.

CRASH patron companies including Arcadis, British Gypsum, Dulux Trade and Knauf Insulation donated their professional expertise and building materials which enabled the Nightshelter to refurbish the interior of Ben’s House and convert a disused garage onsite into a private space for support work to take place. CRASH added a grant of £5,000 bringing the total value of support to £8,205.

Michele Price, the Nightshelter’s Manager, said: “We’ve always had in mind that the new rental house should feel like a home for our tenants. We want them to feel comfortable, safe and secure, so that they can have the best possible start to their experience of independent living after being at the Nightshelter. CRASH has been instrumental in making this happen – without their support, the project would not have launched as successfully as it has.”