Cambridge homeless charity Wintercomfort has benefited from more than £5,000 following the success of MP Julian Huppert’s Christmas appeal.
The money could pay for more than 2,500 hot breakfasts for rough sleepers or fund a project worker for eight months. It was raised after Julian urged people across the city to think about the homeless and support the charity. Lib Dem volunteers delivered cards with a plea for a donation through doors across the city.
Wintercomfort in Victoria Avenue, which supports the homeless or people in danger of losing their homes by providing basic amenities such as meal, showers and laundry facilities and opportunities to access other agencies, has received £5,146 from the appeal.
Julian said: “I can’t thank enough everyone who supported this appeal. It exceeded all my expectations, raising more than I ever imagined. I hope this money will go some way to helping this charity with the excellent work it does with the homeless.
“Wintercomfort offers a safe place for people who find themselves on the streets. Just a simple thing like a hot breakfast in a friendly atmosphere where support is available can go a long way to helping someone who has been sleeping rough take the first steps to getting their life back on track.”
Julian and the team from his Cambridge constituency office volunteered at Wintercomfort last summer helping with decorating and cleaning as part of the charity Give and Gain day.