Every year the Nightshelter needs to raise over £180,000 to continue to provide our current service, so any amount, big or small, is gratefully received.
Fundraising not only generates vital income for us but helps to raise our profile too – the more imaginative your fundraising idea the better! Here are some recent examples of how people have supported the Nightshelter:
Fruits of Fulflood
A community group based in the Fulflood area of Winchester raised money by selling home-made preserves created from locally grown produce. The group collected and re-distributed some 600kgs of surplus apples, pears, plums, quinces, vegetables and nuts donated from local gardens and allotments. The fresh produce was either donated directly to local charities, including the Nightshelter, or turned into jam or chutney and sold, with the profits totalling £270. The Nightshelter received half of this amount, a very generous £135.
Exhibition at the Discovery Centre
Winchester artist Joel Clements held an exhibition in the Community Space at Winchester Discovery Centre to raise money for the Nightshelter and to question perceptions of homelessness. Joel, who works in the medium of printmaking, launched the exhibition entitled Off The Streets in collaboration with the Nightshelter to put the spotlight on people whose lives have been affected by homelessness. The sales of his prints made £240 for the Nightshelter.
Taking part in a challenge such as a race or sporting event that could be sponsored is a fantastic way of raising money for the Nightshelter.
Tom and Patrick Sawford walked 100 miles from Devon to Winchester, sleeping rough en route and relying on the kindness of strangers, to raise money for the Nightshelter and another charity, raising around £800 for each.
3Women networking group
Winchester-based networking group 3Women has donated an incredibly generous £500 to the Nightshelter. The money was raised during a successful charity fundraising event held for local business women at the Winchester Royal Hotel. Hannah Gurnham, responsible for PR and Marketing at the Nightshelter, spoke at the event to help raise awareness of the Nightshelter and our work.
Primary School Fundraiser
Local schoolgirl Ruby raised a fantastic £61 for the Nightshelter by selling ‘lucky cups’ at her school, Western Primary, during March. Resourceful Ruby, from Winchester, collected unwanted cracker toys and stocking gifts over the Christmas period, and together with sweets and extras bought with her own pocket money produced 106 ‘lucky cups’ – each containing a toy and some sweets – to sell to her school friends for 50p each, with all proceeds going to the Nightshelter.
Any additional money we raise is put towards expanding our support services. Recent fundraising initiatives have made it possible for us to:
- Refurbish a number of our ten bedrooms
- Open an internet lounge to enable our residents to keep in touch with friends and family and apply for jobs
- Fund an advocacy service to give our residents vital one-to-one support
- Establish a move-on project to give residents the chance to move into independent lodgings while still receiving support from the Nightshelter
- Produce a short film to attract new volunteers