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Public invited to ‘pen a poem’ this Christmas

Nationwide Building Society Bath is looking for people within our local community to write a poem answering “What does Christmas at home means to me?” to raise awareness of homelessness over the festive period. They will then pick their favourite poem on the 31st October and this will be displayed in their Branch window on Union Street throughout the Christmas Market and then over Christmas.

Nationwide Bath are passionate about supporting homelessness in Bath and believe everyone should have a place fit to call home. Over the last two years, the branch has been amazing supporters of ours, raising money and awareness and taking place in our fundraising events including the Big Bath Sleep-Out and our Kilimanjaro Trek in February 2020.

Assistant Branch Manager Rob Burrows, Nationwide Bath: ‘Housing and homelessness is such an important issue and we want to do our bit in making a difference. The whole branch team have volunteered and fundraised throughout the year and I would encourage everyone to visit our Branch to find out more about the local charities within Bath and ways they can help. We are looking forward to reading through the poems written by our community.’

Jessica Gay, Community and Events Fundraiser at Julian House said, “It’s a fantastic idea that will not only unite the community but will also encourage members of the public to think about what they are grateful for over the Christmas period. This time is often the most difficult for vulnerable men and women sleeping on our streets and so it’s brilliant to see Nationwide, once again, finding a way to support and bring light to this in Bath. ‘

All poems can be either emailed to Robert.burrows@nationwide.co.uk, sent to 21/22 Union Street Bath BA1 1RS or dropped into any colleague within the Branch on Union Street. Entries close 31st October and the winner will be announced on the 4th November.