Crisis needs more than Dave Gilmour to launch 'village'

Crisis has held talks with property developers, corporate firms and government officials after receiving a high-profile donation of £3.6 million from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

Gilmour injected the cash from the sale of a house in London to kick-start a Crisis project in London to replicate New York's 'urban village' for homeless people.

Crisis has said it needs up to £50 million to house 400 residents in a project which will include on-site mental health services and 50 homes for key workers. A commercial element could see cafes and restaurants open, including franchises such as Starbucks.

Last week, the charity held a private lunch with key figures that could offer help with fundraising and identifying a suitable site.

Gilmour's donation is the first instalment of the £50 million needed for the project, with a further £10 million expected to come from fundraising.

The rest will be sought from statutory sources.

- See Why I Give, p7.

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