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SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) goes live!

This week SMART CJS launches the annual SMART Prebend Centre CRIB appeal, once again calling on local residents and businesses to support Bedford’s homeless throughout the cold winter months. With predictions of the coldest winter in a decade and some of our most vulnerable residents sleeping on the street, the work of the centre has never been more important!

In 2018, an estimated 726 homeless people died in the UK, a 22% increase on the previous year. The SMART Prebend Centre helps to prevent these tragic losses, but we can’t do it without financial support. 


Each year the SMART Prebend Centre asks the Bedford community and beyond to support the Cold Relief in Bedford (CRIB) appeal (formerly known as Christmas Relief in Bedford). We receive many generous donations in December, but the cold weather often begins in November and continues well into the New Year to February. This winter is expected to be particularly harsh and most households have already turned on their central heating now. We need your help to keep the centre open during these cold days.

It costs over £250,000 per year to keep the centre open and we are entirely reliant on donations and the support of the community. In these times of austerity, we need people’s help more than ever! With generous support, the CRIB appeal raised over £50,000 in 2018; this year we hope to raise £60,000.


Anita McCallum, our CEO, explains: “The winter months on the streets are the toughest, with biting winds, dampness and frosty conditions making for an uncomfortable and, sadly, life-threatening existence. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to run the centre offering warmth, food, companionship and hope to people who find themselves at the lowest point in their lives. The SMART Prebend Day Centre provides a place of safety and support to help those who use the service find a path out of their situation.”

Please make a donation so that we can keep the service open and continue to provide support, compassion and hope to Bedford’s homeless this winter.




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  • Local business owners back CRIB
    On the 6th December our Communications and Business Development Manager took to the streets with Fergus, one of our dedicated Trustees, and Sarah, a passionate SMART Prebend volunteer. The aim of the outing was to visit independent shops in Bedford to spread the word about our annual appeal to help keep the centre open during the harsh winter months (CRIB). Read more...
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