Rotarians on Merseyside are making plans to repeat a successful festive campaign for the homeless in Liverpool.
According to the most recent statistics available, there are currently at least 320,000 people without secure housing in the UK.
In 2018, there were 726 deaths in the homeless community across England and Wales – a 22% increase on 2017.
And since 2010, the number of people sleeping on the streets has increased by 169%.
Something needed to change, so Liverpool South Rotary looked at what it could do to help provide a meal for homeless people last Christmas.
And it went so well, that the club is hatching plans to repeat the exercise again this coming December.
For this past December, following up on the club’s very successful Giant Easter Egg Raffle, President Peter Machin asked the local community to support a festive raffle to provide meals for the homeless in the city.
There are currently at least 320,000 people without secure housing in the UK.”
The raffle consisted of 60 numbers at a £1 each with a prize to the winner of £30. Thanks to the marvellous generosity of the outlet’s patrons, the take-up exceeded expectations with many of the winners donating their prize in full or in part to the appeal.
Such was the overall success of the event that Rotary Liverpool South was able to give £175 to The Salvation Army, Liverpool; The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool; St Bride’s Church, Liverpool; and the Liverpool Homeless Outreach Centre helping them in giving meals to the homeless around Christmas.
The Christmas Raffle Appeal was a first for Rotary Liverpool South, adding an extra festive fund-raising element to their highly successful annual Carol Wagon Appeal.