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Proudly Supporting The Simon Community This Christmas

2019-12-06

We have partnered with the Simon Community NI throughout 2019 to raise much needed funds to tackle the ongoing issue of homelessness in NI.

Our staff have volunteered and participated in various events including the Belfast Marathon, 5k Runway at Belfast City Airport and The Slieve Donard Challenge.  Others have baked and bought for coffee morning fundraisers and together we have raised over £3200 to date. With our “Sweaters For Simon” Christmas event still to happen!  Thank you to everyone of who has sponsored or donated to our various appeals.

Any time of year is a vulnerable and lonely for people living on the streets. Christmas exaggerates and highlights the difficulties as everything commercial focuses on family and festive fun, people rush too and fro ignoring those sitting cold in desolate shop fronts.  However this stereotype of homelessness is not the reality, particularly here in Northern Ireland.

Thankfully we don’t have the same level of street homelessness experienced in other parts of the UK and Ireland, but that can sometimes mean that people underestimate the problem, are cynical about the volume of people affected by homelessness, and are somewhat indifferent to the cause that requires support now more than ever.

During winter, death rates from homelessness escalates to an average of two per week. Let’s not let homelessness fall on deaf ears any longer, your donations could save someone this winter.

There are a number of ways you can help end homelessness in NI.  You can volunteer, you can donate or you can get involved. £10 could make sure someone enjoys a hot meal on Christmas Day.

Check out the Simon Community NI Website for information  https://www.simoncommunity.org/get-involved

 

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