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Friday, October 21, 2016
Celebration marks expansion of Cardinal Hume Centre
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¬†Two hundred friends and supporters joined staff and clients at the official opening of the newly refurbished and expanded Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster last Wednesday evening. The Centre was due to be opened by the Duke of Westminster who had to pull out at the last minute due to illness. John Kennedy CBE, a guest at the event, saved the day by stepping in and making a speech on behalf of the Duke. Kennedy, dressed in full Papal Knight uniform and en route to a state dinner with Her Majesty the Queen and the President of Brazil, impressed the audience with his supportive words about the Centre. Other speakers on the night were Cathy Corcoran OBE, the Centre's Director; Sr. Sheila Sumner, chair of Trustees and Bishop Bernard Longley who blessed the Centre before performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Cardinal Hume Centre was founded by Cardinal Basil Hume and is the only charity to bear his name. It offers many services to homeless young people, badly housed families, and the migrant community. This year marks the charity's 20th anniversary. The Centre has undergone a two-year building project costing £3.3 million. The works have extended and modernised the Centre's premises, which was custom built as a convent in the 1960s and had remained structurally unchanged until the work began. Its hostel for 16 ≠21 year olds has increased the number of bedrooms from 18 to 32, and all the services ≠ the clients who come to the Drop-In, Family Centre and the Surgery - now enjoy a safer, better and more suitable environment. Whilst the mood of Wednesday's opening was celebratory, Cathy Corcoran reminded the audience: "There are many people sleeping in streets of London tonight, they will be the counted ones; and then there are the uncounted ≠ those sleeping in inadequate, insecure or overcrowded accommodation. They may be hidden but they are there. Homelessness hasn't gone away ≠ it's on the increase with an alarming rise in the numbers of young people among their ranks." The building extension will enable the Cardinal Hume Centre to work with many more young and vulnerable people but relies on the generous support of individuals and parishes to support its work. For further information see:
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