North East homeless charity Oasis Community Housing has raised more than £106,000 for people facing homelessness thanks to donations, small and large, from generous individuals, churches and businesses during its Giving a Home Christmas Appeal.
The money raised through the annual Giving a Home Appeal will help provide essential support for the more than 1,300 people facing homelessness the charity supports across the UK every year. People like Lizzie.
Every donation makes a huge difference
Lizzie was sleeping on the streets cold and afraid, but thanks to supporters’ donations our services were able to help her find the support she needed: “Now I have my own home and my own key. I’m safe. Thank you.”
This year, the charity took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge (29 November to 6 December) where all supporter donations were doubled, giving the Appeal a huge boost. Match-funding from businesses based in North East England: Tolent, Meldrum Group, Karbon Homes, Richard Reed Solicitors, Handelsbanken and Gentoo Group, made the charity’s participation in the Big Give possible.
Chris Price, managing director of Tolent Living, said: “We’re delighted to be long-standing supporters of Oasis Community Housing’s Giving a Home Christmas Appeal. We design and build houses across the North East and know first-hand the difference a good, quality home can make to those who need it most.
“It’s so important to support causes like this across the areas we work, and we know this campaign will make a real difference to those who rely on the services that charities like Oasis Community Housing offer.”
Local businesses and volunteers also made a life-changing difference outside the charity’s real-life Gingerbread House at Tesco Trinity Square, Gateshead, raising almost £3,900 thanks to generous passers-by. A massive thank you to Meldrum Group, Pepperells Solicitors, Newcastle Building Society, Smart IT, Ward Hadaway, Karbon Homes, Hays Recruitment, Bowe Digital, Sunderland Empire, HSBC (Newcastle Branch), and Bowmer & Kirkland and their volunteers for helping to fundraise outside the Gingerbread house.
Oasis Community Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, David Smith, said: “Every penny raised for Oasis Community Housing goes towards the most vulnerable in our communities, so this sum will make a life-changing difference; offering a sense of warmth, safety and belonging to the people we support every year.”
This past year, Oasis Community Housing’s drop-ins helped people more than 4,600 times; we have supported 221 families through our supported accommodation; and delivered 370 preventions of homelessness. This life-changing £106,680 will enable us to house more people, support more people in need, and prevent more people starting or returning to life on the streets.