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£2,781raised of £150 target by 140 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,781 to buy emergency sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothing etc for Newbury and surrounding areas rough sleepers.

    Newbury, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 31st March 2018

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    **UPDATE: due to overwhelming support, with direct donations and Just Giving we have now raised over £3000! This has meant that much needed supplies were delivered to numerous local charities and the homeless alike. The homeless are in need of your help 365 days of the year. It costs just £5 a day to provide a bed for the night, a hot meal, shower and vital support services. Please help us to keep giving. Thank you ❤️**

    The homeless shelter closes Sunday, some of Newburys & surrounding areas rough sleepers will be at the mercy of this weather. With a real feel of -15 they are at real risk. Please help us to raise what we can to buy emergency sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothing etc. The aim of this appeal is to assist our local charities, who do a fantastic job 365 days a year. This is our community lets show we care. ❤️

    Thank you 🙏

    Dee‘s Story:

    Whether you believe in fate, karma or a sign from above, yesterday it happened to us.

    As we turned a bitterly cold corner, we saw her sat there, quietly with her meagre worldly possessions around her. A cup of coffee, hot toastie and a lovely chat later we learned ‘Dee’ is just like you and me, up until last year she lived in a house and had a job, then the world intervened. Dee did not appear to be drug or alcohol dependant and she wasn’t begging. She was incredibly humble when asked what she needed as we were off to the shops, she hesitated and embarrassingly answered ‘knickers and socks please’ She could of asked for anything but she didn’t. I stood there shocked trying to hold back the tears saying to myself ‘Nicola get a bloody grip, crying is not going to help her!’ As I chose her some nice undies (hey a girls still got standards right) ☺️, it suddenly hit me how sad it is that she has to rely on the kindness of others to purchase the most basic and intimate of things. We gave her what she asked for along with a warm blanket and some warm clothing. How nice it must of felt to receive something new, nothing fancy just something that wasn’t a hand-me-down. What a lovely women who couldn’t of been more grateful. I guess the point of sharing this is to let you know that the money you have given makes a real difference to real lives. And finally on the subject of kindness when I showed Dee how much we had raised she smiled, a great big cheeky smile that said ‘people do care’That smile will stay with me forever and whenever I doubt why I do this I’ll think back to Dee sat there on the corner in the freezing cold with the snow falling around her. If she can smile in the most horrible of situations so can I! ❤️ NT

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    • Nicola Tomkins8 months ago
      Nicola Tomkins

      Nicola Tomkins

      8 months ago

      So as our fund raising journey is coming to an end, we’re saying goodbye. The final total with direct donations came to just shy of £3500! Not bad from humble beginnings of hoping to raise £150 for a few sleeping bags 😀. This money has already made such a difference & will continue to do so. Extra funds will be split between local charities Loose Ends, The Ark Project and The Eight Bells. A huge thank you to every single one of you who donated and made this possible. You are all amazing and should be proud of yourself! Love Nicola and Ella ❤️

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    • Nicola Tomkins8 months ago
      Nicola Tomkins

      Nicola Tomkins

      8 months ago

      Yesterday was jam packed, 10 hours of shopping & delivering more much needed cold weather supplies. We visited the fantastic Loose Ends, Greyfriars Church & The Ark Project . Whilst out we also managed to deliver hot food/drinks & sleeping bags to people we came across. Each had a unique story, one being an ex soldier 😞. Sometimes a chat is all that’s needed to brighten someone’s day, who feels invisible most of the time. We were particularly touched to be given a hand written poem in gratitude by one lovely chap. Again thank you N & E x

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    • Nicola Tomkins9 months ago
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      9 months ago

      The balance of your money will be split between the remaining local charities to use how they see fit. Finally & most importantly on behalf of Ella and myself I’d like to say a huge heartfelt thank you for all your donations, you are fantastic & should give yourself a pat on the back. It’s people like you that care enough to help others & your money will make a huge difference! Right less talking and more action... we are off to deliver. More updates will follow, love Nicola & Ella x

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    Supporters

    140

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 22, 2018

      Money from fb.

      £26.00

    • Nick Barker

      Nick Barker

      Mar 19, 2018

      All the best x

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 19, 2018

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 19, 2018

      Thanks for all your work!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 19, 2018

      ❤️

    • Nick Card

      Nick Card

      Mar 11, 2018

      I read the article about you in the Newbury Weekly News and what you are doing is great. All the very best to you.

      £15.00

    • Julia Browne

      Julia Browne

      Mar 4, 2018

      Happy to help xxx

      £20.00

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    Nicola Tomkins

    Nicola Tomkins

    Newbury, UK

    Im a Mum of one and have lived in central Newbury for over 15 years and am concerned at the increased amounts of rough sleepers. These are people just like you and me, all with unique stories. I can’t change the world but hopefully can offer some help within our community.

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