Cold Relief In Bedford CRIB Appeal

Development, Donations

In Aid Of:

Prebend Support Hub Bedford


Nov 2023


4 Months

SMART’S Cold Relief in Bedford Appeal (CRIB)
2023 Winter Appeal

As many of our supporters will already know, each year SMART holds a Winter Appeal called Cold Relief in Bedford (CRIB). This year we are aiming to raise £60,000 to help people in our town who are facing or already experiencing homelessness – the situation has never been more critical.

Help us to prevent homelessness

It is a sad reality that the cost-of-living-crisis is far from over. More than ever, people are struggling to stay on top of everyday costs such as rent and bills. Sadly, it means that the number of people rough sleeping or facing homelessness is on the increase, as people are can no longer afford their homes. You’ve probably seen people sleeping rough in Bedford.  People can be found sleeping in doorways, tents, in their car and in multistorey car parks – desperate to find warmth. Our Support Hub on Prebend Street remains busy with people in need of urgent support. The Centre also acts as a doorway to other support services that are crucial.

About the Prebend Support Hub

SMART provides critical support for people; housing advice, finance support, navigating the benefits system, liaising with landlords and looking for alternative housing options. While being supported, people accessing the Centre can have a hot meal, get fresh clothing, have a hot shower, see the GP & nurse in the drop-in clinics and support with substance use.

Like many other charities, we are really feeling the struggle of rising costs. Coupled with this, the increasing need of our services as more people face housing difficulties makes each year more challenging… It’s now costing us £234,000 a year to run the Centre and provide the support needed.

How can you help?

You can help by donating to our Appeal: 

No matter how big or small, we really appreciate your contribution. If you are a taxpayer, please don’t forget to add Gift Aid which tops up your donation by 25%. Thank you very much!



Other ways you can help

Why not ask your local church, your kids’ school or your workplace to get involved? We can help you organise your collection or other fundraising activity. Please email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


  • Food & Drink: Instant coffee, sugar, pots of instant porridge, pot noodles, sachets of soup, cooking oil, tinned potatoes, beans and vegetables, UHT long-life milk, any other basic dried goods that go a long way.
  • Warm clothing (men’s in size medium and women’s in small to medium, please!) waterproof coats, jackets, jeans, jogging bottoms, thick socks, thermals, jumpers, gloves, hats, scarves, fleece tops
  • Sleeping bags (new or nearly new)
  • Toiletries – dry shampoo, baby wipes, brushes/combs, razors, toothbrushes & toothpaste, shower gels, shampoo, small bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Hand warmers

Please call the Centre directly on 01234 365955 to arrange dropping off donations.  Please leave your contact details so that we can send you a thank you note.

Thank you very much for supporting our Winter Appeal – Cold Relief in Bedford 2023/2024.