Brighton-based charity for the homeless is getting a van makeover

A family-run sign business has rebranded a delivery truck that’s delivering essential supplies to the city’s homeless.

Richard Earley from Portslade was driving down the King’s Road in Brighton and was complimented on his classic Mini by a homeless man crossing the road.

The 49-year-old said the encounter drew his attention to the homeless crowded around a van in Hove Lawns.

The van had a simple logo that read “Knight Support”.

Although Richard initially thought it was a security company, he realized it was a charity providing food, drink and clothing and was started by a formerly homeless woman.

The Argus: The transporter before the renovationThe van before the renovation

He told The Argus: “I was wondering what it could be and I googled them, it said they give food and clothing donations to the homeless once a week.

“I just thought we could help make their branding clearer, I thought they were a security company or something, when in reality they’re supporting the city’s homeless.

“I stumbled across them, it just had to give people a little bit more awareness of what they’re doing. I thought we could help with some branding for free.

“It was just this one random comment from this homeless guy, and it drew my attention to the van.

The Argus: The van after the restorationThe van after the renovation

The charity was founded by Lynne Knight, who became homeless after battling alcohol addiction and being diagnosed with complex PTSD.

On Monday, Richard revamped the van, adding clearer branding and the charity’s website.

Richard added: “She started the charity because she knew the difficult times people can go through.

The Argus: Lynne by her van by the Peace Statue in Hove LawnsLynne next to her van by the Peace Statue in Hove Lawns

“I was really inspired by the thoughtfulness of this group of volunteers. People who wanted to help others wherever they could. Some of these volunteers may have their own story to tell.

“Just remember that we are all human, we all have a past and sometimes life can hit you hard. You can go through bad times, whether it’s losing your job, the death of a partner or a breakup, or growing up without family support.

“My company, Recreative Signs, wanted to rebrand their van, which we did for free. More information was needed to say what Knight Support is doing by helping our homeless and those in need. We even gave it a polish!” Brighton-based charity for the homeless is getting a van makeover

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