Bedford charity well on the way to raising cash for homeless - but your help is still needed

A Bedford charity is well on its way to raising £60,000 for the homeless.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 3:46 pm

SMART CJS only launched its CRIB appeal last month to help the SMART Prebend Centre for the homeless.

It had set an ambitious target of £60,000 to help with urgent repairs.

And already, the campaign has raised a staggering £30,600 - far exceeding the charity's expectations.

The SMART Prebend Centre Cold Relief In Bedford Appeal

Anita McCallum, CEO of SMART CJS - based in St John's Street, said: “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 per cent 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.”

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.

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