Community Hero Award 2008

Ernest and Elisabeth Hibbert

Presented by Ian James, general manager, Hilton Leeds City.

11 years ago, Ernest and Elisabeth formed the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) to deal with the rising flood of the homeless and needy. Initially located at the New Life Christian Centre Church, Wakefield – they provided food and drink to the needy a couple of days a week. However six years ago CAP moved into its own premises in Wakefield and is open every weekday between 10am to noon.

The centre provides food and drink on a daily basis for between 40 to 50 clients as well as offering clothing, showers and food parcels. Operating a faith backed philosophy of ‘providing help and assistance to all parties regardless of sex, age, religion or health issues.’ CAP also ‘signposts’ clients to other agencies. CAP has two houses which currently house six homeless people within each.

In the last year CAP has provided food to over 10,000 individuals. In the last few months CAP has also ‘clothes’ over 150 asylum seekers from Angel Lodge. Patrons of CAP include Sean Penn, local singing lass ‘McDonald’ and Jimmy Saville.

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