We always see donations increase over the Christmas period and during the cold weather; a time when people empathise with the homeless. Two of our supporters, Alan and Adrian have used their resources to make a difference to local people in need.
Local supplier of storage materials Ese Direct have donated two roll containers, in partnership with their supplier, Palletower, which have already become invaluable to us in sorting and storing donations.
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.
Two of our members of staff, Nicky and Martin, who have worked with homeless people for many years, talk about the highs and lows of the job on the frontline working with homeless people.
Every year Avenue Junior School takes a charity collection as part of the school carol concerts. This year they chose to support St Martins and an incredible £1,130.74 was raised to support homeless people in Norwich.
Local musician Chris Jennings launched his album in Norwich this month – and gave the entire proceeds of the night to St Martins.
Members of the Forncett gardening club, Diggers and Dibblers, chose St Martins as the charity to benefit from the raffle at their quiz and chips night, raising a very welcome £233.
At the carol concert, lodge members and guests supplied a buffet, with spare cakes plus other non-perishable donated food items given to St Martins.
As Christmas approaches, we have commenced our appeal as dozens of volunteers take to the city’s streets and local supermarkets to raise vital funds for vulnerable people.
My name is Rita and I am one of the residents here, and I live on the independent side of the accommodation. It has been a journey of ups and downs for me over the last ten years of being with St Martins but all of it has had a very positive spin on things for me!