The SMART CJS CRIB appeal has already achieved over half its fundraising target, which aims to raise £60,000 in aid of the Prebend Day Centre for the homeless.
It costs over £250,000 per year to keep the centre open and it is entirely reliant on donations and the support of the community.
This year the team are facing the additional costs of an old building in need of repairs, and they need people’s help more than ever!
Anita McCallum, CEO of SMART CJS says of the CRIB Appeal: “I wondered if uncertainty caused by the General Election would affect people’s generosity – but it doesn’t seem to have dampened people’s spirits.
“Thanks to our kind supporters we have reached £30,600 so far – that’s an amazing 51% already achieved.”
For the most vulnerable members of society, the winter months are the toughest, with biting winds, dampness and frosty conditions making for a miserable existence for those who find themselves at the lowest point in their lives.
“With donations from Church groups, Rotary Clubs, businesses, fundraising teams and individuals the SMART Prebend Centre can make a difference and help those who desperately need human kindness,” said Anita.
“My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who is supporting the appeal.”
The SMART Prebend Centre is open 365 days of the year supporting those who sleep rough, are vulnerably housed and socially isolated.
The centre is a place of safety; providing food, warmth, water, showers and a place to rest. Further, it provides an opportunity to assess peoples’ needs and engage them in longer term support to move beyond homelessness.
You can support the SMART Prebend Centre by:
- Donating – so that they can continue to provide support, compassion and hope to Bedford’s homeless smartcjs.org.uk/crib
- Publicising – download and display a poster and raise awareness of CRIB smartcjs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/CRIB-2019-FINAL-POSTER.pdf
- Fundraising – Start a fundraising page online and WIN a Christmas hamper, find out more heresmartcjs.org.uk/prebend-centre-fundraisers-decide/
The SMART Prebend Centre is located at 12 Prebend St, Bedford, MK40 1QW.
To find out about The SMART Prebend Centre please visit www.smartcjs.org.uk/contact-us/smart-prebend-centre