Five homelessness charities are set to receive more than £400,000 in funding, which has been raised through A Roof For All, an initiative launched to mark the fifth anniversary of the Wimbledon Foundation and the recent opening of the new roof at the tournament’s No.1 Court.
Proceeds from the No.1 Court Celebration in May, along with funds generated through an online fundraising auction, will ensure multi-year grants are provided to local charities to help them increase their capacity and sustainability while delivering important services for homeless people in London.
The Wimbledon Foundation is the official charity of the tournament and the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
A Roof For All has been run in partnership with the London Community Foundation. The five charities that will receive funding are Ace of Clubs, Glass Door Homeless Charity, SPEAR Housing, The Spires Centre and Western Lodge. Further funds raised through the No.1 Court Celebration will help support employability schemes for young homeless people.
Helen Park, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation, said: “An increasing number of Londoners are forced to live without a roof over their heads. Through 'A Roof For All', we’re supporting five local homelessness organisations who have in-depth expertise and commitment to address this growing social issue and meet the complex social needs associated with homelessness.”
Kate Markey, Chief Executive of the London Community Foundation, added: “A truly collaborative effort, the Wimbledon Foundation Homelessness Fund is the result of speaking with local organisations and working with the Wimbledon Foundation to address the needs of those helping to tackle homelessness.
“By offering multi-year core funding, the Wimbledon Foundation has shown a long-term commitment to strengthening the local community response and we look forward to working together on this complex issue.”
The No.1 Court roof has been successfully deployed on several occasions during this year’s Wimbledon. The roof has 11 movable steel trusses and takes between eight and 10 minutes to fully retract or deploy.
AELTC Chief Executive Richard Lewis said: “The feedback we have had from players and members of the public about the refurbished No.1 Court has been extremely positive and we wish to extend our thanks to the AELTC Estate Development team, Sir Robert McAlpine, and the large team of consultants and sub-contractors who have helped us bring this challenging project to completion.”