Ben HuddBen lives in Cornwall, UK with his wife and four daughters. He is passionate about inclusive church and a missiology that reflects the changing dynamics of 21st Century culture.
Damp in Camborne
This was one of the first homes I visited with Judy in Camborne in late 2018 (photos shared with permission). Having worked in Sheffield and thought that I had met social degradation, it wasn’t until I had spent an hour in this widow’s flat that I began to understand Judy’s vision for change. It’s hard to know where to begin; but begin we did by ringing the local MP’s office who gave us amazing assistance. Much of her furniture had to go, and the council arranged for her housing provider to re-fit her kitchen. Hidden Help dismantled the wardrobe (much comedy trying to get it out of the house I remember) and provided a replacement one, with a new bed, replacement chair and small two seater sofa. It’s all too easy to judge people as to how they end up in such conditions, and whilst I won’t tell her story for her here, needless to say we never judge as nobody actually wants to live in these conditions. It’s all about empowerment..she wasn’t empowered to help herself, but through the generosity of our donors and working with other local agencies her dignity as a human being was restored. This is why we do this..because we place a VALUE on our clients that perhaps they haven’t felt for a very long time. It’s not difficult to demonstrate love to each other.
This January 2021 saw some incredible generosity from the people of Cornwall. A client referred to us through social services was in hospital and about to have a C-Section. On discharge she was due to move into her new accommodation but literally had nothing in the house at all, not even a bed, carpets or cot for the new baby. After having launched an emergency appeal, a team from Hidden Help, following COVID-19 regulations, went into the new flat, transforming it for her arrival. Local florists delivered flowers, Food Banks donated food, Baby Basics donated baby equipment and there was such a feeling of coming together. Everything that you see in the pictures was donated by local people to help local people. This is a great example of how we work at Hidden Help…together with others to serve the most vulnerable of our communities. Mum and baby daughter are doing well!
Just got to love the generosity of Keltic Clearance (one of our major donors). One of our clients has asked for a table for his flat so that he could invite others to share meals with him. He was signposted to us through a local food bank to which he has to walk 5 miles to get to each time he visits. Just got to LOVE this guys’ generosity of heart… willing to share his food-bank food with others.