Paul Hollywood becomes Porchlight patron
Paul Hollywood has become a patron of Porchlight, urging people to get behind its work tackling homelessness in Kent.
The Great British Bake Off star said he felt it was “important” to support the charity which helps homeless and vulnerable people across the county.
Paul said: “Living in Kent, I see the difference that Porchlight makes every day and it’s a cause that’s very close to my heart. It provides a lifeline to the many people who are either homeless or living in awful situations through no fault of their own. Without Porchlight, these people would have nowhere else to turn.
“I’ve spent time with the Porchlight staff and know how passionately they feel about making sure people get a second chance. The people they support are taught new skills and given job opportunities so that they can flourish when they feel ready to move on. Having worked my way up from a job in the family bakery, I know how important these work skills are.
“I’m proud to support Porchlight, and I encourage others to support them too. Together, we can make sure they’re there for the most vulnerable people in society.”
Paul recently visited one of Porchlight’s hostels for young people. He had breakfast with the residents, swapped recipes and even tried some of their baking.
Despite plenty of upcoming TV commitments, Paul said he hopes to come back again in the future for some baking sessions.
Porchlight chief executive Mike Barrett thanked Paul for joining forces with the charity, which operates all over Kent. He said: “We’re delighted to partner with Paul and look forward to working more closely with him. It’s great to have him championing our work at what is a critical time for our charity.
“The number of people sleeping on the streets of Kent has nearly doubled in the last 12 months. Paul’s passion, energy and profile will help us shine a light on what is becoming an increasingly urgent issue.”
The news comes as Porchlight faces funding cuts that could affect its ability to reach people sleeping on the streets. It’s asking for the public to donate just £8 per month to ensure the service runs at full capacity.