Lucinda Newell - The Super-Sleuthing Property Rental Expert - one woman and her dog...
To be seen pottering along the highways and byways of Luton in her Mini Clubman, her trusted Scottie Malcolm at her side, our super sleuthing property rental expert Ms Lucinda Newell is on the case on your behalf!
Tis the season to be jolly . . . .
So the Christmas carol goes and, for most people, Christmas is a time of great joy with family gatherings, the sharing of presents and eating and drinking to levels that we all regret come January.
As a property owner and landlord, I do however find myself sparing a thought for those less well off than myself at this time and particularly for those who suffer being homeless.
Whilst there are many charities that help the homeless, the problems of homelessness never seem to go away and they all need more support in order to help with their sterling efforts.
Nationally, Shelter, Crisis and the salvation Army are perhaps the best known and can be contacted online at www.shelter.org.uk , www.crisis.org.uk and†www.salvationarmyappeals.org.uk
The estate agency and lettings agency industry has formed a charity called the Estate Agency Foundation who provide help, support and funding to help tackle homelessness issues. They can be found at www.eafcharity.org
Locally there are a number of excellent organisations. In Luton there is the Noah Enterprise atwww.noahenterprise.org
.††In Bedford there is the Prebend Day Centre at†www.prebendcentre.org.uk
and in Northampton there is the Hope Centre at†www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk
It is easy to become overwhelmed with the calls on all of us to support our communities and charities and none of us can help everybody. I do however know that the smallest donation or offer of time and help can make a big difference to the lives of someone for whom a roof over their head, a hot meal and a clean bath could be the best Christmas present they ever get.
Iím going to cut back a little on my gifts and self-indulgence this year and take the opportunity to try and help the homeless. I hope you may consider doing likewise.
Come on Malcolm, Walkies!