On Easter Monday, supporters took on the challenge of hopping to raise essential funds to help the Nightshelter during these challenging times.
People across Hampshire and beyond decided to do something positive from their homes to help those experiencing homelessness. They set themselves a time goal and then got hopping, bouncing and jumping for sponsorship.
Participants of all ages took part including Erin, age 11, who commented on the event: “We were worried about the homeless and how to help them when everyone is self-isolating. Mum explained about Hop for the Homeless which she had seen on the local Church website and thought that all of the Winchester Round Table children could have fun and raise money. Dad organised a zoom meeting so we could see what each other were doing and encourage each other. It was fun but tiring!”
The Army Training Regiment in Winchester got behind the event with staff and recruits hopping in their homes to raise more than £900.
The event was organised to help cover the increased costs of running the Nightshelter during the Covid-19 pandemic. Residents are all able to stay in the shelter 24 hours a day to keep safe and ‘at home’. Together hoppers managed to raise over £2,000 which will be a huge help.
Michele Price, Chief Executive of the Nightshelter commented: “Thank you to everyone who got involved in Hop for the Homeless. All the money raised will be used to help cover increased staff and resource costs whilst residents are all staying in the Nightshelter 24 hours a day to keep safe. The funds will also help our ongoing support to former residents who staff have been regularly contacting by phone to check that they are coping ok. Thank you to everyone who has donated to help us survive these tough times.”
You can still donate to show your support by texting NIGHTSHELTER and any amount up to £20 to 70085. To find out more about other ways to donate to the Nightshelter please follow this link.