Home | News | Bedford Business Zips into Action to support the SMART Prebend Centre

Bedford Business Zips into Action to support the SMART Prebend Centre

For the past three years The ZipYard alterations and repair centre in Bedford has organised a winter warm clothing collection for the homeless in partnership with the SMART Prebend Centre in Prebend Street, Bedford.

Following on from the success of the 2017 campaign, The ZipYard Bedford owner Graeme Mulheron has decided that he would like to extend the support he gives to SMART Prebend Centre.

So during the week beginning 16 April he will be donating £1 to the SMART Prebend Centre on behalf of every customer who brings in an item for alteration, repair or dry cleaning to the High Street centre.

Said Graeme: “Each year I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers during our annual help the homeless campaign.  They get fully behind it and have donated mountains of warm clothing some of which is brand-new with price tags still on.  The great team at the SMART Prebend Centre do an amazing job and make a big difference to the lives of the homeless.  It’s important to think of others less fortunate than ourselves and play a part in the community we serve and we want to do as much as we can to support the Smart Prebend Centre.

“For every item brought into the ZipYard during the fundraising week we will be donating £1 on behalf of the customer and we are aiming to raise over £350.

“I am appealing to the people of Bedford to take this opportunity to bring in garments needing repaired, altered or luxury dry cleaned and at the same time help to support this most worthwhile cause.”

Money raised by The ZipYard from 16-21 April will go towards ongoing costs of the SMART Prebend Centre which is open 365 days a year and provides a wide range of support and services for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Bedford.

SMART CEO, Cath Hoskins commented “We are delighted that The Zipyard are continuing to support the centre and immensely grateful for the gifts of clothing we receive each year. Donations from the local community and local businesses are vital in keeping the centre going.”

Are you able to make a donation to support the homeless in Bedford? Click DONATE and select ‘SMART Prebend Centre’.

Donate to the homeless in Bedford

The ZipYard Bedford is located at 76 the High Street and is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm and from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday. All work is carried out in house by the ZipYard’s own professional seamstresses who can pin up alterations in the centre’s private dressing rooms.

  • 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...
  • Christmas Jumper Day rocks!
    On Friday 14th November Karl Fedyk of AC Plc held a Christmas Jumper fundraiser for the SMART Prebend Centre. Many of the team at AC Plc got sponsored for coming to work in festive attire and they managed to raise an impressive £200! Read more...
Quick exit — hide this page now!