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A project that goes right to the heart of helping people in crisis has been chosen by Assist Resourcing UK as its charity of the year.

The Storehouse Project was the overwhelming choice of the workforce after hearing of its action in supporting local people in need of food, furniture and clothing.

Chris Edwards, managing director at Assist, said: “A visit to the Storehouse Project affirmed our commitment to help this very worthwhile cause throughout the coming year.

“Our staff are wholeheartedly behind this initiative and we are now working on a fundraising plan which will help to support and sustain this vital project and its services to those in need in our own community.”

The Storehouse Project, set up by Billinge Family Church, helps the communities of Wigan and Leigh – close to Assist’s headquarters in Newton-le-Willows – where they assist and give practical support to hundreds affected by unemployment, low income, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, disability and mental health issues.

Items of food, clothing, furniture and household goods are delivered free to people who come from all walks of life, with the only criteria that they have been referred by a verified agency such as the local authority, NHS or other charities.

Julie Smith, manager at the Storehouse Project, added: “Our mission is to never turn away anyone who, for whatever reason, finds themselves at crisis point.

“Every individual matters to us and each of our clients is seen as a unique person. Community is everything to us and we are delighted that a local business like Assist Resourcing has come on board to help and support us.”