Despite having to suspend fundraising during the pandemic, SMART CJS is back with a bang to launch their annual Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal.
Their target is £50,000 to enable them to reopen the Prebend Centre, which temporarily closed to Bedford’s homeless community in March 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations.
With restrictions lifted and refurbishment carried out, SMART’s aim is to start to safely use the building again by next Spring.
“As is our tradition, we are calling on local residents, groups and businesses to support Bedford’s homeless throughout the cold winter months,” said Anita McCallum, CEO of SMART CJS.
“Our target is re-open the Prebend Centre and serve warm meals again and provide a welcoming space for those who are often feeling isolated and alone.”
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SMART CJS conducted a survey among vulnerable people in BEdford to find out what would be most needed if the Prebend Centre was reopened.
“Receiving hot meals and having a safe place to rest and connect with others came top of the list”, said Anita.
However, with regular maintenance and repairs needed, it costs a six-figure sum every year to run the Prebend Centre and the charity is reliant on donations and the support of the community and local organisations to keep the centre running.
“In these times of rising energy bills, we need people’s help and kindness more than ever.”
A donation of just £10 could provide a hot lunch for five people, or £100 will provide two weeks of food (200kg) for the centre from their partner organisation, Fair Share.
“Please make a donation so that we can re-open the Prebend Centre and continue to provide support, compassion and hope to Bedford’s homeless this winter,” said Anita.
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To find out about SMART’s homeless services and the SMART Prebend Centre please visit their website.