Church support of Norwich homeless charity collection
Norwich homelessness charity St Martins commence their annual Christmas appeal on Friday December 1 when a team of volunteers will take to the city’s streets to raise vital funds for vulnerable people.
Facilities for an additional seven rough sleepers have been built at the charity’s hostel Bishopbridge House, and it is hoped that this appeal will be a final push to raise the remaining amount, meaning that the entire cost of the project will have been funded by the people of Norfolk.
The hostel can accommodate up to 37 people who might otherwise be sleeping rough in the city this winter.
Derek Player, General Manager at St Martins said, “We embarked upon this project to cope with the sheer demand for bed space. Christmas can be a very difficult time for so many of our service users, and while the city is full of shoppers, we are appealing to them to give generously to help people in our community who are struggling.”
Last year, an incredible £31,000 was raised during the month of December and every penny collected goes directly to support homeless people in Norwich and Norfolk. St Martin’s patron the Dean of Norwich the Very Revd Jane Hedges has urged the community to support the charity, which was founded over forty years ago by Dean Alan Webster.
The Dean said she was delighted to be the Patron of this year’s fund-raising appeal for St Martins. “So many local charitable enterprises, including St Martins, have been given life by Norwich Cathedral over the centuries. I am delighted that the link between us lives on.”
Any additional funds raised this year will go towards the provision of educational and training activities for people who have been homeless to help them to develop skills and build their confidence so they can live independently.
If anybody is able to give an hour of their time between December 1 and 23 to assist with the collection, please Gill Williams at email@example.com or on (01603) 438766.
Pictured above: Jo Spencer, Derek Player, Jane Hedges and Christina Martin