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 for local homelessness charity St Martins was £29,279.01.
There has been an increase in rough sleeping across the UK, with East Anglia having the third highest numbers of rough sleepers after London and the West Midlands. St Martins is responding to this crisis and all the money raised will go towards facilities for an additional seven rough sleepers at the charity’s Bishopbridge House hostel.
Rough sleeping is the most obvious form of homelessness, but in addition to hostel accommodation, St Martins provides support for vulnerable people who are at risk of losing their tenancies and for those in temporary housing. A range of training and educational opportunities are provided to people who have experienced homelessness to assist them to maintain their independence.
The announcement of the grand total comes as Dr Jan Sheldon [pictured above] takes over as Chief Executive. She said, “Since joining St Martins earlier this month I have been amazed and humbled by the hard work, passion and dedication of our team of volunteers. The weather was unkind to us in the run up to Christmas but still so many people gave up their time to stand on the cold streets of Norwich to collect money to support our important work.”
“The trustees and I could not be more grateful for this support and for the generous donations we received. I am extremely proud to be the new Chief Executive of this great charity and I look forward to working with everyone who provides their support to deliver our services to the people who need them.”