Egremont 2Day sponsors homeless shelter room- The Peter Watson Suite

By Ken Powell
THE ‘Peter Watson Suite’ is now open and ready for use at Calderwood House.

A place to call their own: (L to R): E2D managing director, Tony Dunning, Calderwood House director, Rachel Holliday and E2D editor Rachael Grealish, in the Peter Watson Suite.    -Photo by Robert Haile

A place to call their own: (L to R): E2D managing director, Tony Dunning, Calderwood House director, Rachel Holliday and E2D editor Rachael Grealish, in the Peter Watson Suite. -Photo by Robert Haile

The Egremont 2Day (E2D) sponsored room, named for the paper’s founder, was officially opened on Wednesday October 12, by E2D and Calderwood House director Rachel Holliday.

Egremont 2Day is a non-for-profit organisation that donates profits to local charities – earlier in the year directors unanimously voted to sponsor a room for one year at the shelter for homeless people and were invited for the grand unveiling.

In his memory: The Peter Watson suite will carry on the giving and charitable nature of Peter Watson, in his memory -photos by Robert Haile

In his memory: The Peter Watson suite will carry on the giving and charitable nature of Peter Watson, in his memory -photos by Robert Haile

The shelter, which has recently celebrated its first birthday, has helped dozens of men and women change their lives for the better.

The suite is named after the late E2D founder and editor, Peter Watson, who was a renowned charitable man who devoted his spare time to help the community – he even set up E2D to give a voice to the voiceless in the community.

Sponsorship enables staff to get the homeless off the streets, give them a warm room, decent meals and clean clothes, and allows people to start working towards finding employment and moving on to homes of their own.

The residents themselves are full of praise for the staff at Calderwood House and write letters to sponsors thanking them for their help.

Ms Holliday said: “Our Sponsors mean such a lot to our staff and our residents. They give each room an identity and residents find it comforting that there are people out there who have taken the time to sponsor their room and read their letters.

“I am so excited about Egremont 2Day coming on board, I am sure they will inspire every resident who stays in their room.”

The shelter receives sponsorship from both private individuals and organisations such as GMB union, West Copeland Partnership Trust and the County Council. Balfour Beatty supply the care items such as shower gel and toiletries, which are given as a welcome pack to each new resident.

There is always more help needed in a variety of ways and the staff are keen to see more people involved in supporting the work.

The work of Calderwood House doesn’t stop at giving shelter – where the homeless can’t be housed, for whatever reason, the staff collect donations to help – especially with a hard winter predicted for this year. Rachel Holliday said: “What we need coming up to winter is second-hand medium-to-large size rucksacks with winter sleeping bags, thick gloves and water proof trousers, hats.”

For information on how to help or donate contact Calderwood House on 01946 439312.