15 December 2022

Forget taking a selfie – ‘tis the season for an elfie! The Homelessness Partnership BCP is giving a hearty round of Santa-plause to Mrs Claus and her band of merry elves, who have been rallying to raise funds for people experiencing homelessness this Christmas.

Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, a free, gingerbread man-decorating, festive workshop in Poole’s Dolphin Centre, is pulling out all the (Santa) stops to help the Partnership succeed in its mission of ensuring that everyone in the conurbation has a safe place to call home.

While Rudolph isn’t in residence (reindeer can’t land on the top floor of the Dolphin Centre for elf ‘n’ safety reasons!), families visiting the festive attraction dug deep into their pockets to help those in crisis in the BCP area.

The Dolphin Centre, which teamed up with creative retail marketing and events company Atomic Bee to stage Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, had the final sleigh when it came to selecting the Homelessness Partnership BCP as the beneficiary of its fund-raiser.

John Grinnell, Centre Manager at the Dolphin Centre, said: “The magic of Christmas is all about creating memories that last a lifetime while connecting with our wider community. We are thankful for the generous donations raised through our Mrs Claus’ Kitchen workshops which will provide invaluable support for people who require the services provided by Homelessness Partnership BCP.”

Chair of the Partnership Forum, Alistair Doxat-Purser, said: “Thank you to the brilliant team at the Dolphin Centre and Mrs Claus’ Kitchen for showing the true spirit of Christmas – helping families to enjoy this special season while raising funds for those in need.

“This generous support will ensure we can continue to help those who are rough sleeping to move into safe accommodation, while working to end all forms of homelessness. We are so grateful for the many wonderful donations received.”

About the Homelessness Partnership BCP
The Homelessness Partnership BCP is made up of more than 40 local organisations that have signed a charter committing “to end homelessness in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole by ensuring everyone has a safe place to live that they can call home”.