Just five days – and £3k – to help the Prebend Centre appeal reach its target

CRIB fund
The team are tantalisingly close to their target

The SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal is just £3,000 away from reaching its target of £60,000.

The annual appeal has received a record number of donations, totalling £57,000, which has helped the homeless day centre to stay open during the harsh winter months.

Funds raised from CRIB contribute towards the running costs of the service, so rough sleepers and the homeless have a safe space to eat, shower and rest.

Lisa Harrison, SMART CJS Area Manager for fundraised services said, “We are once again amazed by the support we have received from the Bedford community.

“It costs over £250,000 each year to keep the centre open and we are reliant on the good will of our community to achieve this.

Prebend Day Centre
The Prebend Day Centre

“During this appeal we have seen some incredible acts of kindness, with local people, businesses and groups all coming together to help us provide shelter and direction to those who have often lost hope.

“We have just £3k to go until we meet our fundraising goal and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign – you are incredible!

“With just one week until CRIB ends, we need one last push to reach target; the countdown is on! Please consider donating, so we can continue to support Bedford’s homeless towards a better life.

In 2019 the centre encountered unexpected and urgent repairs costing more than £90,000, meaning they need public donations now more than ever.

To make a donation and help them reach their goal, visit www.smartcjs.org.uk/crib

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