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CRIB appeal is just £13,000 away from target!

We are delighted to report that the SMART Prebend Centre has received a record number of donations towards the annual Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal. The campaign has raised £37,000 to date, which meant that the centre was able to provide support for 200 homeless people during December and into January.

Jen Robus, Manager of the SMART Prebend Centre said “The response to CRIB this year has been unbelievable. The coming together of the community during this time has quite outstanding. It’s important to remember that although the CRIB appeal has Christmas in the title, this is a campaign to raise funds to support the centre throughout the winter months, which go beyond December. We still need an additional £13,000 to hit our target and this will help us to provide our service throughout January, February and into March.”

During December workers at the centre provided comfort and care for 200 homeless people, who accessed the service over 1500 times. The team served 775 breakfasts and 1100 hot lunches. On Christmas day 60 visitors to the centre had Christmas dinner and received Christmas parcels containing hats, gloves, toiletries, biscuits and chocolates. An additional 70 parcels were distributed during December, these were kindly donated by various local groups and individuals from the local community.

Anita McCallum, SMART’s CEO said “This is the first CRIB appeal that I have been a part of and I’ve been extremely impressed with how the Bedford community have come together to support our centre, and the homeless population in Bedford. I’d like to extend my personal thanks to everyone who has helped us to get this far.”

The Prebend Centre is open 365 days of the year offering homeless adults a safe space to access the basics that we all take for granted, such as hot meals, phones, internet, medical advice and showers. SMART workers assist users of the service to make plans to tackle their current problems by working alongside professional partners and other charitable services.

The CRIB appeal runs until the end of February, so there is still plenty of time to give some pennies to help the homeless in Bedford. As little as £5 can provide breakfast for 13 homeless people and will make a real difference to the centre.

WE STILL NEED TO RAISE £13,000 TO REACH OUR OVERALL TARGET AND £2,700 TO BREAK OUR ONLINE GOAL SO PLEASE DONATE TO CRIB.

Donations can also be taken to the centre or sent by post. Can you help SMART help the homeless in Bedford?

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