Every year a dedicated team of volunteers take to the city’s streets during December to raise vital funds to support St Martins to provide services for homeless people in Norwich throughout the year.
The total raised from the annual pre-Christmas street collection was £34,541.85, the highest ever amount reached in the 29 years the collection has been running.
Chief Executive Dr Jan Sheldon said, “We are delighted to record the best ever Christmas street collection figures. The trustees and I extend our heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who gave their time to help with our collection; and to the public for all their donations. We could not do the work we do without them. Norwich is bucking the national trend and reducing the number of rough sleepers; this would not be possible without the local support we receive.”
St Martins, along with other charities and agencies, are working hard to reduce the number of people sleeping rough in Norwich. Money from previous years’ collections was spent on extending hostel facilities to accommodate an additional seven rough sleepers at the charity’s Bishopbridge House hostel. However, the hostel is often full and more accommodation and support for homeless people is desperately needed.
Jan said, “This year we launch our new Strategic Plan which outlines our commitment to prevent homelessness and deliver sustained support to vulnerable people in Norfolk. The money raised in the 2018 Christmas street collection will go towards funding our new accommodation project which is a key part of our plans for the next three years.”
More information about the Strategic Plan will be available soon.