Right now, donations to Catching Lives mean more than ever. The government has begun to withdraw its support for homeless people during the pandemic and our focus is now on helping as many people as possible, both in the short-term by providing equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, a place to come to do laundry and take a shower and also in the long-term, by helping people with finding permanent accommodation, looking for work and the mental health support that so many people on the streets need.
We’re looking for schools and other organisations to support us this harvest and are asking them to consider fundraising events as an alternative to food donations, since much of our vital work goes far beyond providing food for our clients. If this is something you could consider, please take a look at the ‘Fundraising Ideas Pack’ download available here.
We appreciate that every school is different and that tradition dictates that a harvest appeal is more about donating items rather than money, so we have also included a ‘ Harvest Appeal 2021’ pack with a list of needed items in the pack. These are items that are always much appreciated for clients of Catching Lives and would be very useful for our clients as a donated item.
Even if it’s not possible for you to help with our appeal this Harvest, any future support is very much appreciated. As a small, Canterbury-based charity, supporting the homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and the surrounding areas, we now have a few schools who have named us their Charity of the Year. We send certificates to schools and businesses when they send us a donation as an acknowledgement of their support and we can also organise a talk (e.g. for an assembly) to explain to students what we do as a charity. For more information on this, or to tell us you’d like us to be your Charity of the Year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.