On 19th May 2020, The Rotary Club of Bedford Park showed their continued commitment to the SMART Prebend Centre by donating an extremely generous £2000, and it could not have come at a more crucial time.
The Prebend Centre for the homeless of Bedford relies on the support and kindness of local groups like the Rotary Club of Bedford Park. Sadly, due to lockdown, many core supporters are no longer able to meet and raise funds to keep the centre going. The service CANNOT survive without this vital income.
SMART Staff and volunteers work relentlessly to run the centre, offering a safe place for the homeless and socially isolated of Bedford to eat, shower and access advice and support. The team provide hope to people who find themselves at the lowest point in their lives, but this is not possible without financial support.
The centre has been hit hard by COVID-19 and is currently closed to conform with government guidance. But this has not stopped the team, who have relocated to hotel accommodation, with a revised service model, allowing rough sleepers to self-isolate, helping to protect the NHS and keep everyone safe. The changes to operations has created unforeseen and unplanned costs, which is why donations are so important at this time.
Due to current social distancing rules, Mark Ward, President of The Rotary Club of Bedford Park, presented a virtual cheque for £2000 to SMART CJS CEO, Anita McCallum, pictured below.
“We are thankful to the loyal and constant support from The Rotary Club of Bedford Park– not only for their generous financial donation, but also for all that they do to help in many other ways. Heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support – we could not do it without you.
“The money donated will go towards the £25,000 emergency COVID-19 appeal. The fundraiser has been launched to raise money to replace lost donations due to the current crisis and to provide essential services from our emergency rough sleeper base in Bedford. Thanks to our incredible supporters, we have raised more than £10,000, but this is not enough to fill the gap. More people will become homeless due to the pandemic and the centre will be relied upon more than ever before. Please donate, so we can keep going right now and so we can reopen the centre as soon as safely possible.” Anita McCallum, SMART CJS’s CEO.
The Rotary Club of Bedford Park are longstanding supporters of the Prebend Centre and have recently helped to paint accommodation to help a homeless person move on to their own home. Most recently club members have been volunteering to help at the new hotel-based operation.
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