CNG puts homeless project on wheels

Corrina Young, founder of Corrina's Homeless and Vulnerable Project, with Jacqui Hall, managing director of CNG. (S)

Corrina Young, founder of Corrina's Homeless and Vulnerable Project, with Jacqui Hall, managing director of CNG. (S)

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One of Harrogate’s fastest-growing businesses has forged a partnership with community organisation Corrina’s Homeless and Vulnerable Project to help the town’s neediest residents.

Commercial gas and electricity supplier CNG Ltd has bought the voluntary organisation a £17,500 van to enable volunteers to collect surplus produce for the project’s Corrina & Friends Community Café.

CNG managing director Jacqui Hall said: “As a Harrogate employer we are passionate about supporting our local community and have long-standing relationships with a number of charities and community organisations.

“We were impressed with the energy and commitment of the project’s founder, Corrina Young, to help the town’s most vulnerable residents.

“The initiative is already making a real difference and we want to support its growth to reach more people in need.”

There are no set prices at Corrina & Friends café, and at the end of each day people who are homeless or vulnerable are invited to take away food pre-paid for by customers. On Sundays the café serves a free dinner to people in need.

The voluntary initiative is attracting significant support from more than 30 local businesses, including NFU Mutual, which has insured the van provided by CNG.