“I have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the past four months in Bedford; the local response to COVID-19 has been unbelievable. Communities have united to support SMART CJS and smash the SMART Prebend Centre emergency appeal target! From donations of clothing, food, and toiletries, to the many selfless and brave Bedford heroes joining our team as volunteers, I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to you all.” Anita McCallum, SMART CJS CEO.

THANK YOU TO:                                                                                              

All SMART CJS staff and volunteers for their dedication and commitment.

Every supporter who has donated clothing, food and time to keep the service going – 100’s of you lovely people!

Each incredible individual donor – more than 150 of you, who have donated to the Covid-19 Emergency Appeal, raising over £10,000 so far!

Our 1936 fantastic Facebook supporters for every positive comment, share and like. Special thanks to Bedford Kindness Facebook group and Love in a Bag (Mel Stratton).

Grant givers for their generous funding including: Panacea Charitable Trust, Harpur Trust as part of the Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund, Bedford House of Industry and the Gale Family Charity Trust.

Ocado customers for their kind donation of £10,000, through Ocado’s You Give We Give scheme. 

Churches and groups for their ongoing donations, volunteers and kindness including: All Nations Church, Blunham Church, Maulden Baptist Church, Per Pro Stevington Parochial Church Council, Sharnbrook Methodist Church, St Edmund & St James Church Blunham, Bromham Women’s Institute, Amphill Quiz night, Bedford Writing Competition and Bedford International Writing Competition.

All Rotary Clubs who have shown their support in the form of donations and volunteering including: Bedford Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Bedford Park, Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle.

Ecclesiastical for their Movement for Good Award – we won £1000 thanks to our supporters votes!

Every local business who has donated food, clothing and money including: D Robinson Textile Recyclers, Quality Discounts Stores.

Our friends at Bedford Independent for providing ongoing coverage.


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