GENEROUS donors raised more than £3,500 for Cambridge Street Aid during Street Aid Week this month, beating the fundraising target for the week of activities of £3,000.
Thanks to the donations by residents, businesses and organisations, the charitable fund supported by Cambridge City Council will now be able to give grants to an additional 10 people who have experience of sleeping rough, to help them stay off the streets.
During the week local business Go Glass raised £1,500 for Cambridge Street Aid by designing, making and selling glass suncatchers and auctioning a piece of glass art.
Some people also raised funds by setting themselves a target for the number of steps taken or distance walked during the week.
In addition three new contactless giving points were launched at Park Street, Queen Anne Terrace and Grafton West car parks, enabling people to donate money to Street Aid using contactless cards or smartphones.
As a thank you to some of the organisations and agencies who collaborate with the council on Street Aid grants and other homelessness work, chocolates were delivered to Jimmy’s, Wintercomfort, Cambridge Cyrenians and Riverside to share among their staff and service users.
Cambridge Street Aid was established four years ago to give anyone wishing to help vulnerable people in Cambridge who have been affected by rough sleeping or homelessness an alternative to handing over cash directly.
So far more than 300 grants have been issued totalling more than £100,000 for a range of purposes – from training courses and smart clothes to help people find work, to rent deposits on accommodation and furniture for new homes. Every single penny donated to Cambridge Street Aid goes directly to grants for individuals.
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “The response to our second annual Street Aid Week has been magnificent, and we are thrilled that so much money has been raised to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community
“Thank you to everyone who donated to Cambridge Street Aid during the week and helped make it a success, even during the difficult times many people are facing this year.
“Street Aid is just one of many ways we work with our partners to help people get off and stay off the streets, and to provide them with the care and support they need.”