A WOMAN held an auction to raise money for an organisation that feeds the homeless.

Patricia Cawston, 73, of The Green, Royston, held the auction at her home just before Christmas to raise money for the Barnsley Churches Drop in Project (BCDP). The charity provides homeless people with food, bedding and clothing three times a week.

The evening saw about 25 people visit her house and bid for items such as handbags and clothing, in addition to a cake stall. The evening raised £750 for BCDP and the cheque was presented to the charity last Thursday.

Patricia said: “I have been volunteering with BCDP for about a year. I make sure that those who have come into difficulty have some clothing and a sleeping bag.

“I have seen how the charity has been struggling and I wanted to help raise money for them so I decided to hold an auction to bring them some much needed funds.

“There is a big misconception about people who find themselves homeless. Everyone assumes they are on drugs, but a lot of them are suffering mentally and through volunteering here it has really opened my eyes to what some people are experiencing.

“My husband Barrie, 78, has been volunteering as a cook in the kitchen for two years and on Saturday alone we served 137 meals to people. It’s a valued service and I want to help them keep the service running.

“Me and my family are fortunate and we are a family full of love. I’m happy I’m able to share that love with others by helping them with food, clothing and a listening ear.”