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Local Homeless Charity Doorway purchase their first property

Published on Friday, 23rd October 2020

Following a great year of fundraising during the Mayoral Year 2018/2019, local homeless charity Doorway have managed to purchase their first property!

The two aims that Cllr Chris Watkins had during his time as Mayor was to raise awareness for Doorway and to give them “the key to the door” for their 21st birthday, which was achieved with the help of the people of the Borough.

Cllr Chris Watkins broke all records in Mayoral fundraising history by fundraising just under £48K for Doorway.

Doorway, who had a long-term ambition to buy their first property, was Cllr Watkin’s chosen fundraising beneficiary during his time as Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

For the past 21 years, the charity has worked with local landlords to accommodate young people into HMOs, and in recent years they started to lease private properties for this purpose.

Securing accommodation and providing ongoing support to young homeless people in the Borough is an essential service and one that is highly valued by the Council and its partners.

This unexpected sum has enabled Doorway to match fund via a small grant and a Social Investment Loan from Homeless Link to buy their first property; a 3-bed house in Stockingford Nuneaton.

Cllr Chris Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said:

“It’s great news that Doorway have made their dreams become a reality and bought their first property, which will help provide accommodation for local homeless young people who need a home. We would like to thank Cornerstone Partnership for working with us to achieve this goal, and to residents in the Borough who donated money to this fantastic cause. From shaking tins to jumping from planes, there was nothing that was too much to help Doorway purchase a property! We look forward to continue working with Doorway to help them reach more successes in the future.”


Carol Gallagher, Chief Executive at Doorway said:

“It was amazing to see so much support from local people, organisations and community groups with Chris as the brilliant driving force behind it all, to help us reach our dreams. This was achieved during our 21st year and I can’t believe that we really now have “the key for the door”. This will help local homeless young people get back on their feet and make a big difference to their lives. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Chris, who worked tirelessly throughout his Mayoral year to help us reach our dreams, he was fantastic and we cannot thank him enough.”

Doorway are currently appealing for trades workers to carry out maintenance procedures to help make this property available for Christmas. For more information, visit their website: