Trinity’s Heroes come together to support the homeless

Trinity Winchester has been blown away by the support received during the Coronavirus Health Crisis and sends thanks to the community for donations and support during this difficult time.

The charity launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal three weeks ago which has reached over £25,000 raised in donations, including £10,000 from Simply Health, £1,500 from Rotary Winchester and support from local churches and many people in the community.

Aside from financial donations, the charity has received an overwhelming amount of in-kind support from its Trinity Heroes, including supply of hundreds of microwaveable meals from COOK Winchester, weekly hot lunches from Winchester College, weekly fresh groceries from Cobbs farm shop, donation collections from Rotary Winchester, and The University of Winchester, Brewin Dolphin Ltd and many more.

Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester said: We would like to personally thank everyone who has responded to our appeal for their overwhelming generosity. I would also like to applaud our Trinity team who are working tirelessly to serve those in the community who need us the most. The Trinity vision statement “working together for better lives in our community” has never seemed truer, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our supporters.

Ian, who was found rough sleeping following a relationship breakdown during this unprecedented time,
says “I just don’t know what would have happened to me if I had to sleep out another night, I was so scared, I’m not used to doing this. I was helped off the streets and now have a room, some warm food, good advice, and someone to talk to, thank you”.

Trinity is a charity providing support to homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester and the surrounding area. The charity operates from a day centre in central Winchester, offering practical and emotional support to help people out of homelessness and ready to move on to independent living and into employment.

Working in with partnership with Winchester City Council and other Coronavirus taskforce partners, Trinity is supporting all rough sleepers who have been given access to emergency accommodation. Homeless practitioners are visiting the accommodation four times a day, providing clothing and hygiene products to all residents, offering vital human contact and counselling by phone, alongside delivering over 100+ meals to those in emergency accommodation and other housing providers.

You can make a donation to Trinity’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal by clicking here or alternatively you can send a cheque to Trinity Winchester, Durngate Place, Bradbury House, Winchester, SO23 8DX.

Join us for Trinity’s Big Sleep In throughout May

Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone our biggest fundraiser, Trinity’s Big Sleep Out, due to Coronavirus but we promise that we are working hard to get a new date set for later in the year and hope that you will be able to join us again then.

In the meantime, we want our supporters to get creative for Trinity’s Big Sleep In! Throughout May we are asking you to hold your own sleep out at home, in your bedroom, lounge, or even your garden with members of your household.

Take a look below at some great ideas and get building.

World Homeless Day Black Tie Dinner raises over £19,000

Trinity Winchester hosted their annual Black-Tie Dinner in support of World Homeless Day on Friday 19th October raising over £19,000.00 for the homeless and most vulnerable in Winchester. The evening welcomed 150 supporters to the Holiday Inn Winchester for an evening of fundraising and entertainment.

The room was alive with entertainment from Mike Brown the magician entertaining guests with numerous tricks up his sleeve, The West End Rats brought the Rat Pack to Winchester encouraging everyone onto the dance floor and guest speaker Melissa Butler – Smith touched the hearts of attendees with her own personal journey through Trinity to the present day where she is now head chef bringing donated food to life for Trinity clients

The event was sponsored by The Holiday Inn Winchester who have been continued supporters of Trinity and truly made the evening a night to remember. Trinity thanks all the supporters and local business who donated to the auction and raffle.

Trinity Abseil raises £4,516.00

On Sunday 22nd July, 12 individuals and 3 Trinity clients took on the challenge off abseiling 100 metres down the Spinnaker Tower in support of Trinity.

We would like to send a special thanks to all our abseilers for their hard work in raising £4,516.00 to support the crucial services Trinity provides each week to the homeless and most vulnerable in our city.

NCS groups support Trinity

This month we’ve been supported by a number of NCS groups running fundraising activities and supporting Trinity through sponsored walks, gardening services and much more.

This week NCS group 11 held a cake sale outside Bradbury House, offering passers by the choice of a selection of cakes all to raise money for Trinity. Thank you for the great work!

Skydivers raise £1,234.00 for Trinity

On Saturday 14th July, 3 brave skydivers jumped 15,000ft in support of Trinity, reaching a speed of 125mph and free falling for approximately 60 seconds! 

We would like to thank Abbie, Ed and Jack for choosing to support Trinity and for raising vital funds to help us continue our mission. 

If you would like to take part in the next Skydive event, click here.