When SMART CJS launched its Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal in November, in aid of the SMART Prebend Centre for the homeless, Bedford – the target of £60,000 seemed ambitious.
But the charity has been thrilled at how much the community has got behind their fundraising challenge, and this this week they have reached the £40K milestone.
Anita McCallum, CEO of SMART CJS said, “It’s been humbling to see all ages, all types of groups and organisations rally round to make this year’s CRIB Appeal a success.
“From churches to convents, schools to small businesses and rotary clubs to SMART CJS’s own staff and Trustees – we thank everyone for their generosity and kindness.
“Local groups have been running creative events like the Castle Comedy Nights and bedecked their homes in lights like the Twitchens in Cardington to raise significant amounts. Thank you to everyone – you are amazing!
“We only have £20K to go to make the £60K target – so let’s have one last push during the remainder of January and February to get the funds in that we so desperately need to keep the centre open in 2020.”
Pictured with the CRIB Appeal ‘totaliser’ at the SMART Prebend Centre are permanent staff with language students who are progressing their skills to assist with integration and preparing themselves for a better future.
This initiative is running with the help of the Polish British Integration Centre, PBIC Bedford.
You can support the SMART Prebend Centre to stay open during these bitterly cold months by making a donation to CRIB. Just £10 could provide breakfast for 30 people. Please donate here www.smartcjs.org.uk/crib
The SMART Prebend Centre is located at 12 Prebend St, Bedford, MK40 1QW.