SMART Prebend Centre CRIB Appeal is halfway towards £60K target!

SMART CJS launched its Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) appeal in November to raise funds for the SMART Prebend Centre.  This years target of £60,000 is higher than previous years, because the demands on the centre are greater and urgent repairs are needed to the building to keep it open.

Anita McCallum, CEO of SMART CJS says of the CRIB Appeal: “I wondered if uncertainty caused by the General Election would affect people’s generosity – but it doesn’t seem to have dampened people’s spirits! Thanks to our kind supporters we have reached £30,600 so far – that’s an amazing 51% already achieved.

We cannot lessen our efforts, though, to bring the campaign to the community’s conscious. The winter months are the toughest, with biting winds, dampness and frosty conditions making for a miserable existence for those who find themselves at the lowest point in their lives. With donations from Church groups, Rotary Clubs, businesses, fundraising teams and individuals the SMART Prebend Centre can make a difference and help those who desperately need human kindness. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who is supporting the appeal.”

About SMART Prebend Centre

The SMART Prebend Centre is open 365 days of the year supporting those who sleep rough, are vulnerably housed and socially isolated. The centre is a place of safety; providing food, warmth, water, showers and a place to rest. Further, it provides an opportunity to assess peoples’ needs and engage them in longer term support to move beyond homelessness. It costs over £250,000 per year to keep the centre open and it is entirely reliant on donations and the support of the community. This year the team are facing the additional costs of an old building in need of repairs, and they need people’s help more than ever!

How can you help?

Please make a donation to CRIB  or start a fundraising page so the SMART Prebend Centre team can continue to provide support, compassion and hope to Bedford’s homeless this winter.