The Bethany Christian Trust charity is aiming to raise £ 20,000 in one week to help the homeless this winter. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the supporters, they exceeded their weekly goal within four hours, but want to provide lifesaving aid to even more people who are homeless at Christmas.
The Buy a Bed campaign is part of the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2021, and during Christmas Challenge week donations to the Baillie Gifford charity’s Buy a Bed campaign and the Together project were topped up for a total of £ 20,000.
The match funding goal has been met, but the charity’s “Buy a Bed” campaign continues with the aim of raising an additional £ 30,000 to help people at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s capital.
The £ 21 Buy a Bed vouchers give someone who would otherwise sleep poorly the chance to get out of the cold with access to a warm and safe bedroom with a private bathroom, hot meals and 24-hour support at Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Center in Edinburgh.
With a focus on personalized care and support, the center aims not only to provide safe warm beds for the night, but also to help people move to more permanent accommodation, as well as help with mental health, addiction, well-being, medical needs and access to services.
This winter, the City of Edinburgh Council will cover the cost of renting the room. Bethany makes the large professional team available to support people in crisis and collects donations through the Buy a Bed campaign to make this service possible. The Welcome Center also relies on around 1,000 volunteers from churches all over Lothians to provide food and a warm dinner. The support in the Welcome Center is also financed through voluntary donations from foundations, private individuals, churches, companies and communities as well as through local and national government grants.
Alasdair Bennett, Chief Executive at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “We are deeply grateful for the public support for the Welcome Center. When you give away a Buy a Bed Gift Card to friends and family this year, you will not only highlight the plight of the people of Scotland affected by homelessness, but also support this life-saving work and give people like Hayley a fresh start and new hope .
“With just a few nights of all-round support and secure accommodation with a private bathroom in the Welcome Center, during one of the deepest points in her life, Hayley was helped move into her own home for Christmas and said, “I feel really positive about my new home; I couldn’t be happier. ‘ Please consider being part of this opportunity to give hope to people in crisis. “
How can you get involved?
Buy a Bed Vouchers can be purchased online here and in Bethany shops in Edinburgh and East Lothian.