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 runs every year from December to February and this time the team aim to raise £50,000 to support the homeless and rough sleepers in Bedford. The annual appeal is vital as the money raised helps to fund the centre throughout the winter months, a time that is extremely challenging for homeless people and rough sleepers.
Our CEO, Anita McCullam said “We have been amazed at the response from the Bedford community this year in such a short space of time! Our centre relies on fundraising to keep going and we are very grateful for all the support we receive. I am humbled by the community spirit in Bedford, and by the sheer volume of donations from individuals, businesses, schools, organisations and churches we have received; it’s outstanding.
“We still need an additional £29,000 to hit our target, which will help to keep the centre open every day of the year. The money raised will help with the centre running costs and allow the team to deliver dictated services to help people to build skills, gain independence and move forward.”
This year the centre will be providing hospitality with a festive touch for around 70+ visitors every day in December. Everyone who uses the service will receive a freshly cooked two course meal on Christmas day, refreshments, and food parcels to take away.
As little as £5 can provide breakfast for 13 homeless people and will make a real difference to the centre. Donations can be made online, taken to the centre or sent by post. Can you help?
About the centre
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. Read more…