Once again, volunteer collectors are taking to the streets of Norwich and local supermarkets to raise vital funds for St Martins to provide extra facilities for rough sleepers in the city. The Very Revd Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich, helped Norwich homelessness charity St Martins launch their annual Christmas appeal on Friday 24 November. She joined volunteer collectors from the charity at Tesco’s store at Harford Bridge Norwich.
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.”
Facilities for an additional seven rough sleepers have been built at St Martins’ hostel Bishopbridge House in Norwich. It is hoped this appeal will be a final push to raise the remaining amount for the project, meaning that the entire cost 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, “Last year, an incredible £31,000 was raised during the month of December by our volunteers and every penny collected went toward the extra facilities at Bishopbridge House. If you are out and about the city or at certain local supermarkets during December you will probably spot one of our authorised collectors. And if you donate some cash, you can be assured you are helping to keep some homeless people from sleeping rough on the streets of Norwich this Christmas”
If anybody is able to give an hour of their time between December 1 and 23 to assist with the collection, please contact Gill Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (01603) 438766.