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Help Bedford’s homeless this Christmas – CRIB 2018!

After an intensive session of stuffing envelopes and stamp sticking, we are ready to launch this years Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal.

CRIB is very important as it helps to keep the SMART Prebend Centre running during the winter months. The centre is open 365 days of the year offering vulnerable, homeless adults in Bedford hot food, clean clothing, access to medical care and practical support.

The centre costs over £250,000 per year to operate and is financed entirely though fundraising activities. With generous support and donations, the CRIB appeal raised over £35,000 in 2017. We hope to raise £50,000 this year so that we can offer even more support to Bedford’s homeless and rough sleepers.

Government statistics show that rough sleeping is on the rise, with Bedford having one of the highest rates of homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We need your help more than ever.

PLEASE HELP US by donating, so that we can provide support and compassion to Bedford’s homeless throughout the Christmas period and beyond! Thank you!

CRIB Appeal


  • CRIB appeal is just £13,000 away from target!
    The SMART Prebend Centre has received a record number of donations towards the annual Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal. Donations allowed the team to support 200 homeless people in Bedford throughout December. There is still time to give towards the campaign. Read more...
  • Bedford Castle Rotary Club show their support!
    Bedford Castle Rotary Club have been showing their continued commitment to the SMART Prebend Centre by promoting and donating to the Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal. Read more...
  • Winter night beds are a success!
    We are very proud to be able to offer twenty overnight beds to people who are sleeping rough in Bedford throughout the winter months, thanks to funding from MHCLG (Ministry of Housing). Read more...
  • Christmas Jumper Day rocks!
    On Friday 14th November Karl Fedyk of AC Plc held a Christmas Jumper fundraiser for the SMART Prebend Centre. Many of the team at AC Plc got sponsored for coming to work in festive attire and they managed to raise an impressive £200! Read more...
  • Bedford backs CRIB appeal with amazing results!
    The SMART Prebend Centre team launched the Christmas Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal at the beginning of December and they have already recieved  £21,000 in donations!! CRIB is vital as the money raised during this appeal helps to fund the centre throughout the winter months, a time that is extremely challenging for homeless people and rough sleepers. Read more...
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