An Aberdeen homeless charity hopes to raise £50,000 in the space of a week to mark its 50th anniversary.
Aberdeen Cyrenians was selected to take part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge by the charity Big Give.
The donation-matching fund will mean any money given through the website until Tuesday will be automatically doubled. Funds given to the group will be matched by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Money will be used for the Street Alternatives project, which provides a hot meal, warm showers and laundry facilities, alongside advice and support, four times a week, for those in need.
Kate Loades, Aberdeen Cyrenians fundraising manager, said: “We’ve had an exceptionally busy year marking our 50th anniversary and being selected for the Big Give Christmas Challenge means our efforts to raise funds and awareness about our work in this special year will continue in the run-up to Christmas.
“This year, with benefit changes and continued austerity, we’ve seen a rise in the number of people who desperately need our services. In our Street Alternatives project, we’ve served almost 5,000 meals so far this year alone.
“We’re expecting this demand to continue into 2019 – and this is why we need people to support us by making an online donation in the Big Give Christmas Challenge Week. All donations made – big or small – will have twice the impact, allowing us to help alleviate homelessness and hardship as much as we can.”
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Aberdeen Cyrenians provides an average of 460 meals, 109 hot showers and 50 loads of laundry each month to those sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation in the city.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the charity, and it stated raising £50,000 would be a big help in allowing the team to continue to provide services. To donate to the campaign visit secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/aberdeencyrenians