Friday-Ad Supports Pull Up A Chair Appeal!

The Friday-Ad team and staff at the Friday Media Group’s Sayers Common office are raising funds to support local homeless charity Turning Tides and their “Pull Up a Chair” appeal this Christmas. All funds raised will be donated to help provide Christmas meals for homeless people in the local community.

 

Homeless charity, Turning Tides, is appealing to the public to donate £35 to enable a homeless man or woman to ‘pull up a chair’ around the Christmas table – providing them a special meal, company, warmth and support during the festive period. They will also be able to have a hot shower and fresh clean clothes.

Living on the street, sleeping in a cold dark alleyway, taking shelter in the woods or constantly on the move for fear of being abused, you would not be looking forward to the next day, let alone Christmas. 

As John Holmstrom, Chief Executive at Turning Tides knows only too well from the hundreds of clients accessing support throughout the year; “Christmas is often the toughest time for people are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Physically, financially and emotionally it represents a real and desperate challenge. Nearly half of our clients have a mental health diagnosis. We must never underestimate how essential support services, such as ours are.”

Paul a previous client of Turning Tides often felt “despised, avoided or even abused” whilst living on the streets. “Any small act of kindness or human warmth” provided such a “valuable form of sustenance to a suffering homeless person.”

Members of the public, businesses, community groups can now individually and collectively show people whose lives have deteriorated into homelessness compassion this Christmas. For just £35 you can ‘pull up a chair’ or for £70 two chairs, for a homeless man or woman in your community to help them feel safe, warm and cared for. 

Lucy Knowles, Community Fundraising Manager explains, “This is the season of giving and what better way to make a difference with your pounds than to secure a place for someone around our dining table. 

For our clients, knowing they can be safe and warm indoors away from the coldest weather of the year, being assured a hot healthy meal to eat in comfort with company and support to find the belief in themselves a brighter future is ahead of them is vital. For some, it could be the first step out of homelessness.”

You can make a donation over the phone on 01903 680740 or online here:
www.justgiving.com/campaign/Pull-Up-A-Chair-Appeal

Or you might consider giving a £35 gift card to post to a loved one. This really is a gift that would warm the hearts of your friends and family by knowing this is truly making a difference to someone who is facing probably the toughest time in their life. 

Order your gift today by phoning Turning Tides on 01903 680740, emailing fundraising@turning-tides.org.uk or popping along to their office at Worthing Town Hall, open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. 

 

FURTHER DETAILS:

Turning Tides are a community led homelessness organisation that puts client and local people at the heart of their mission to end homelessness. Previously called Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP), they have been supporting rough sleepers and homeless men and women for over 25 years in West Sussex.

Turning Tides believe that everyone has the right to a home, regardless of the difficulties and issues they may face in their lives. The work they undertake to empower homeless and insecurely housed individuals is vital. Through a variety of specialist support services, both residential and community based, the aim for each individual is to achieve sustainable independent living.  

Address: Turning Tides, Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HA
Phone: 01903 680740
Website: www.turning-tides.org.uk
Email: info@turning-tides.org.uk
Charity No. 1027832