A van-tastic present to mark 10th birthday

Dacorum based charity, DENS, is hoping to drive homelessness off'our streets even more quickly, after picking up the keys to a brand-'new Citroen Relay Luton van. The van was donated by Local business'www.vanarama.co.uk, an Autorama company. DENS will also be benefitting with help from local Ford dealer, Roy Chapman, which will be servicing the van. March 2013
Dacorum based charity, DENS, is hoping to drive homelessness off'our streets even more quickly, after picking up the keys to a brand-'new Citroen Relay Luton van. The van was donated by Local business'www.vanarama.co.uk, an Autorama company. DENS will also be benefitting with help from local Ford dealer, Roy Chapman, which will be servicing the van. March 2013

The caring team aiming to tackle homelessness in Dacorum can move up a gear thanks to the donation of a brand-new van from a local firm.

The van has been provided by www.vanarama.co.uk, part of the Autorama vehicle leasing group based at Cow Roast.

And Berkhamsted Ford dealer Roy Chapman will also be backing the work of the charity team by providing servicing.

Dens, which earlier this month marked 10 years of operation in Dacorum, works to prevent homelessness across the borough by offering emergency accommodation, rent aid support and other services.

But the charity, best known for the Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter from which it takes its name, has never had the funds for a dedicated van before and had to rely on favours from volunteers.

Marketing and fundraising manager Jenny Studman said: “Having the van means that we will be to do so much more – for example, move our clients from the night shelter to temporary accommodation quickly and easily – as well as make Dacorum Foodbank collections.

“In the past we’ve had to decline certain donations of furniture because we had no means of transferring it. By having the van we will be able to take advantage of every opportunity to make life better for Dacorum’s homeless and disadvantaged.”

Vanarama director Andy Alderson said: “All the staff were really keen to support a charity and we wanted to help something local.At the risk the risk of sounding corny, I think it’s important to give something back when you can. I’m really proud that we can make a difference by supplying this van.”