We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who supported our best ever Christmas Appeal, which has been rounded off with an amazing gift.
Over the months of December and January we ran our annual Christmas Appeal – once again supported by the Bath Chronicle. The target for the campaign was an ambitious one, £120,000. Funds raised now help to ensure that we can operate our life changing and sometimes lifesaving services, throughout the year.
Monkton Combe School has supported Julian House for over 20 years and has risen to the challenge again by presenting an amazing donation of £2,107 – almost the final gift of the campaign. This impressive gift took the total raised to £138,830 – the highest amount ever raised for Julian House Christmas Appeal.
Cecil Weir is the charity’s Fundraising Director and has led the campaign for the past 17 years – “Every year the public and the wider community rally to support our work, particularly at this time of year. The harsh weather brings into sharp focus just how dreadful is for our clients to be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Even though I have been organising it for some time it never ceases to humble me when I see the goodwill that is shown and the generosity. We had a 14 year old girl bake 500 cupcakes, herself, and raise £550 in the process. Winter fuel payments were forwarded to us because the donors thought that our clients needed it more than them. It is rather fitting that Monkton Combe School, who have supported us for over 20 years should make provide almost the final gift of the appeal which helped us to reach such an impressive total.”
The Monkton gift was raised at the school’s annual Christmas carol service in Bath Abbey and was one of many events which helped to support the charity’s campaign. Cecil Weir acknowledges the wider benefit that such events bring – “Although things have improved there are still awareness issues around homeless – both the scale of the problem and the complex issues which impact upon it. Every event that is organised and every article that is written helps to make people realise that it isn’t a lifestyle of choice and that with the right support we can really make a difference. To everyone who supported the campaign a huge thank you from everyone at Julian House and particularly our clients. Likewise to all our volunteers and not forgetting the Bath Chronicle.”
Julian House provides range of services to homeless and vulnerable individuals including: supported housing (general and specialised), domestic abuse services, social enterprises and an assertive outreach service. In all the charity operates 132 bed spaces. However, its direct access hostel provision remains one of the most important – providing as it does, very often, the first stage in the process of moving people off the street and reconnecting them back into their local community.
The charity’s work doesn’t stop now that the Christmas campaign is over. Over the course of this week the sharp drop in temperature has forced it to open up extra emergency bed spaces – offering rough sleepers respite from sub-zero conditions.