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Emmanuel House Christmas Appeal launch at St Peter's Church

Tuesday 28th October, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

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Emmanuel House will launch its Christmas 'Cup of Kindness' Appeal with an event for the press and members of the public at St Peter's church on Wednesday 5th November at 11.00 am.  The press release for this event can be found below.

Cup of Kindness Appeal
Emmanuel House Christmas Campaign Launch at St Peters Church Coffee Room

Media event: 11Am Thursday 6th November 2014 at St Peters Church Coffee Room, St Peters Square (Next to Marks & Spencer)

Nottingham Support Centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people Emmanuel House will officially launch its Christmas Appeal on Thursday 6th November 2014 with a special press meet hosted by St Peters Church. The coffee room adjacent to the church will provide a venue for staff, service users and supporters to gather at 11AM and hear more about this year’s Cup of Kindness campaign. This will be followed by volunteers from Emmanuel House serving tea to members of the public and giving away our own cups of kindness until 12:30.

The campaign encourages everyone to donate £1 whenever they enjoy a Christmas party of festive event between now and the end of January. This means families, friends, schools, offices and organisations across the city can take part by adding an extra £1 per person to the cost of a meal, or by providing a collection box at events for voluntary donations.

Emmanuel House is expecting a higher demand for its services during this year’s festive season and will need to increase funding to be able to respond to service users needs. The charity serves an average of 80 hot meals every day and also manages the emergency accommodation Winter Shelter for rough sleepers between November and February.

Last year’s Winter Shelter was open for 5 months, the longest period ever and provided a total of 2,620 nights protecting 166 individuals from the winter weather. Moreover, 55% of our guests had slept rough the previous night, and the rest were at serious risk of doing so.

At Emmanuel House, 70% if our service users are on a ‘Pathway of Support’, offering small achievable goals on the journey towards stability. Our Core Programme provides opportunities for gaining skills such as IT and budgeting, personal development, sports and other activities. We receive no statutory funding and we are entirely dependent on our own fundraising to provide a range of highly professional services that really do change lives.

Ruth Shelton, CEO of Emmanuel House says: ‘Cold, rain and snow make life harder for all of us, but if you’re sleeping rough, can’t afford heating or walk the street every day looking for work, the winter is a desperate time. A homeless man once said to me ‘Christmas is the worst day of the year for people like us.’

You can help us to make life less harsh and even provide real opportunities for Nottingham’s homeless and vulnerably housed citizens. Please include them in your work and family celebrations by donating £1 or more to the Cup of Kindness appeal.

Rev Christopher Harrison, vicar of St Peter's, adds, 'Our church members are very aware that the problems faced by rough sleepers, as well as the numbers of such people, have significantly increased as a result of the harsh economic climate and related factors. Emmanuel House provides a remarkable and much valued service, and we are delighted to support this year's Christmas Appeal'.

Press Enquiries: Kim.Winter@emmanuelhouse.org.uk - 07970 605 608
Emmanuel House, 53-61 Goosegate, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FE

 

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