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Beckenham sisters host cake sale for homeless shelter

PUBLISHED: 17:15 09 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:04 11 November 2015

The Rogers sisters at their cake sale last week

The Rogers sisters at their cake sale last week

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The Rogers sisters - Lucy, 8, Emily, 6, and Annabel, 4 - raised £445 to be split between national charity Shelter and Bromley Homeless Shelter

A homeless charity has benefitted from a cake sale organised by three local girls.

The Rogers sisters - Lucy, 8, Emily, 6, and Annabel, 4 - of Park Langley, Beckenham, raised £445 to be split between national charity Shelter and Bromley Homeless Shelter, when they held the sale outside their home last week.

Mum, Zoe, said: “The idea originated when we went up to London in the summer, and Emily saw a homeless person sleeping on the street and wanted to bring him home with us.

“So we decided to hold a cake sale and the day went really well, people were very generous.

“It’s such a lovely sentiment and I’m very proud of the girls for raising so much money for such a worthy cause.”

The charity operates during the winter months to give homeless people a warm safe to sleep, a hot meal in the evening and breakfast in the morning.

With no paid staff, the charity is run entirely by volunteers in partnership with the Bromley Housing Options team, Oxleas mental health services, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Foodbank to help get its guests’ lives back on track.

Ed Tree, of the Bromley Homeless Shelter, said: “We are totally reliant on fundraising after funding from the council stopped about a year ago, so we’re extremely grateful for events like these.

“It gives you a fantastic feeling to see people so young being so passionate and willing to help with our cause.

“We always hear so many negative stories about teenagers and young people so it’s really great to see them doing something like this and I hope we will see more beginning to do the same.”

The shelter will be holding a sponsored sleep out on Saturday at Bromley Parish Church, where a free vegetable curry, donated by Tamasha Restaurant in Widmore Road, will be provided to all taking part.

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