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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


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    On Sunday 9th June the SMART Prebend Centre will be hosting a family scavenger hunt to raise awareness and funds for the Bedford based homeless centre. The Prebend team would like to welcome as many people as possible from the local community and beyond to join the fun, family event. Read more...
  • SMART’s Impact Report 2018
    Take a look at our Impact Report for 2018. The report provides a little insight into what's been happening in SMART and highlights some of the successes of the last year.We are proud of our work and feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people to help themselves. We care greatly for all of our service users and are motivated to help them to succeed. The report includes some of their stories, along with some facts and figures about our work. Read more...
  • 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...
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