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Our Youngest Fundraising Hero

Meet Ruby Akroyd, who is 9 years old!

Ruby first came to our attention when our Business Development and Communications Manager, James Whitcomb, received an email via SMART’s online fundraising platform. James said:

“I always check our donations page the minute I receive a notification of a new fundraiser and I had to do a double take when I saw Ruby’s profile picture.”

The fundraising profile read; My name is Ruby and I am 9 years old. I am trying to raise £100 to help homeless people. I want to do this because I want to help people who don’t have a home and I like helping people.

Ruby has raised £240 for the SMART Prebend Centre by running a cake and coffee morning at Flitwick Village Hall, £44 of which was raised via her online fundraising profile, with the rest of the money being taken on the day of the event.

Pictured below is Ruby handing over her donation to Nikki Little, Deputy Manager for SMART Bedford Services (left) and Jen Robus, Outreach Manager – Bedford & Milton Keynes (right).

SMART’s CEO, Anita McCallum said:

“On behalf of SMART and all the homeless people who use our services, thank you very, very much.”

About the SMART Prebend Centre

The SMART Prebend Centre is a well-used day centre for the homeless operating 365 days a year in Bedford, supporting those who sleep rough, are vulnerably housed and often face issues around social isolation and exclusion. The centre is a place of safety, meeting the basic needs of service users; providing food, warmth, water, a place to get clean and rest.

It costs £250,000 per year to keep the centre open, funded entirely through charitable donations and grants and the support of the local community.

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