Gilmour donates millions to charity
Pink Floyd guitarist makes gift to
David Gilmour has
donated £3.6 million ($5.88 million) to the London charity
The gift will be used to house homeless people and those earning
low wages in central London.
gift will fund an "urban village" project that will house
400 people, including the homeless and public service workers.
people end up living on the fringes of our society and it’s
time we found a way to bring them back into its heart," says
He cites a
similar project in the United States as providing inspiration: "I've
seen what has been achieved in New York York and am passionately
behind this project which is about providing not just a roof but
a new way of life where all the residents can thrive and make their
will be made up of self-contained flats, 50 percent of which will
house people who have been homeless. On-site support services will
help them prepare them for jobs and training. The other half of
units will be set aside for workers like nurses and teachers to
meet the urgent need for affordable housing.
— including working residents — have trouble finding
affordable housing in the city's tight housing market.
are still determining a location for the project.
was in the news in January 2002 when he donated nearly $6.5 million
to Crisis. The funds came from the sale of his London home to
Earl Spencer, brother of the late Princess
personal worth is estimated to be $122 million, according to news
founded in 1967. Organization officials estimate 400,000 people
in the U.K. are "hidden homeless," living in temporary
hostels, B&Bs or squats. Last fiscal year, the organization
raised £5.7 million and helped approximately 16,000 people.
For more information about the organization:
64 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT
Phone: 0870 011 3335
Fax: 0870 011 3336
May 20, 2003)
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