We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to share that you have donated a whopping £13,851.65 to help us provide a ‘Warm Winter Welcome’ to people who are homeless in Birmingham this year.
Thank you to everyone who donated, or spread the word, including those of you who took part in activities or sold things to help raise funds for the appeal.
Winter is a particularly tough time for anyone to be on the streets or in inadequate housing and our supporters, as usual, have responded fantastically, showing that they care by getting involved in volunteering, and donating clothes and money. We want to say on behalf of our clients a huge thank you to everyone who donated, and to everyone who spread the word to help raise funds for the appeal.
So many of you got in touch to pledge your support. In fact, we received so many donations of warm winter clothing and winter essentials (which have been very gratefully received by our clients) that we had to ask people to stop bringing them in as we ran out of space!
As well as all the individuals who gave time, money and goods, we were fortunate to receive support from Birmingham businesses, T.O.O PR, Mechu, Bambu, Sketch Creative, CTA, Aspire People, The Clarence Barbers, Luxy London, Nuvo, Candyman Hire, Levana, Alan Sharman Agency and Clements & Church who teamed up to raise money by taking part in a 16-mile sponsored bike ride in December raising a whopping £2,068. Thanks to everyone who took part and who helped coordinate this challenge. Thanks also to staff at Birmingham Voluntary Services Council who chose our ‘Warm Winter Welcome’ appeal as their ‘Christmas charity’ in 2016, and to the Heart of England Community Foundation who donated an amazing £5,000 from their ‘Surviving Winter Appeal’ to SIFA Fireside.
In winter our utility costs increase as we need more heating, provide more hot showers and need to do more laundry to ensure people have clean, dry and warm clothes. We also find our food bills go up as more people come in to the Drop In for hot drinks and a hot meal to stave off the coldness. Your donations mean that we can help homeless people to simply get dry and out of the cold, to get hot food and hot showers and to get the help and advice they so desperately need in order to access critical support services and housing such as emergency accommodation advice, mental health support, welfare rights and debt advice plus routes to access employment and training.
On behalf of our clients, thank you everyone – we couldn’t do it without you.
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