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Support the biggest fundraising event for homelessness in Winchester!
Trinity Winchester is once again hosting the Big Sleep Out to raise money for their work with homeless and other vulnerable people. Join them on Friday 17th May 2019 for an eye-opening night taking on the challenge of sleeping outside in the grounds of the Winchester Cathedral.
The evening consists of fundraising, entertainment, building cardboard shelters and enjoying delicious food from local vendors. But from 10pm the challenge is to get some sleep away from any home comforts. Every penny raised in sponsorship will go back into Trinity’s services, offering long-term, positive change, getting people out of homelessness and ready to move onto independent living and into employment.
This event is not an experience of being homeless. We cannot imagine the realities of sleeping rough every night. We will return to the comfort of our homes the following morning, which is not an option for thousands of people. This event is an interesting way to raise vital funds, whilst having a challenging night.
- Venue: Winchester Cathedral
- Time: 19:00 Friday 17th May – 07:00 Saturday 18th May
- Cost: £12 to sleep out / £55 for groups – including a bacon/egg bap next the morning
- Fundraising: £100 sponsorship target
- Children are welcome, recommended age 7+. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Trinity Winchester has recently achieved the Trusted Charity Mark award recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England.
Sue Mckenna, CEO, said “Trinity is delighted to be one of the first organisations in the UK to be awarded the NCVO’s Trusted Charity status – level 1, for the work we do in helping homeless and vulnerable people in Hampshire. It is a real boost for our volunteers, staff and trustees and recognises the great work that they do year-round. This prestigious award means that our supporters and stakeholders can be confident that donations of money and time given to Trinity will be used effectively to make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in our community”.
Trusted Charity is part of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and is the only UK quality standard designed to help third sector organisations operate more effectively and efficiently. Trinity Winchester was assessed against the 11 standards of effective practice in Trusted Charity, including in governance, leadership and management, managing staff and volunteers, managing money and proved it meet all standards.
Trinity Winchester is a charity providing support to homeless and other vulnerable people in Winchester and the surrounding area. The charity operates from a day centre in central Winchester, offering practical and emotional support, to get people out of homelessness and ready to move onto independent living and into employment.
Nadeem Razvi, Trusted Charity Programme Manager, NCVO said “We are delighted for the trustees, staff and volunteers of Trinity Winchester that they have achieved the Trusted Charity Mark. We know that organisations using the Trusted Charity standard benefit by having better governance, better systems and procedures and better quality of services for their users and it is great that the community of Trusted Charity users in England is growing”.
Adams Hendry have named Trinity Winchester it’s Charity of the Year for 2019.
Sue Mckenna, CEO of Trinity Winchester, said: “ We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by Adams Hendry staff as their charity of the year. It is fantastic to have long term support from a local business to help deliver on our mission which is to be the ‘go-to’ safe place for homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester.”
Trinity has planned several fundraising activities for the year ahead, including the biggest upcoming fundraiser for homelessness in Winchester, the Big Sleep Out which will be held in the grounds of the Winchester Cathedral on Friday 17th May 2019, we are hoping to beat last year total raised of £37,000 to support local homeless people. Other events include a cycling event, skydives, abseils, along with our well attended annual Black-Tie Dinner being held on Friday 11th October at the Holiday Inn Winchester with entertainment inspired by Abba to support World Homeless Day.
Emma Barnett, Director of Adams Hendry, added: “Adams Hendry are delighted to announce Trinity Winchester as our charity of the year for 2019. We recognise the important role Trinity plays in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of society and will be fundraising throughout the year to help them continue to do so. As well as hosting our own in-house fundraising events and supporting those run by Trinity, we will also be volunteering our services throughout the year, with each member of our team able to use a paid volunteer day.”
During the year, Adams Hendry will run a host of fundraising activities to support the charity’s work, including a charity quiz night, pop-up kitchen, bake sale and various sporting challenges. Details of the ongoing fundraising programme will be shared via social media, with customers able to follow the company on Twitter at @AdamsHendry
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.
Each year Trinity Winchester in partnership with Winchester City Council and many other local agencies take to the streets of Winchester to promote White Ribbon Day, on the 26th November we will be in the High Street asking people to pledge to end violence against women.
Trinity in partnership with The University of Winchester has formed a choir called “The With One Voice Choir” has written a song “The Journey” that speaks of the survival of domestic abuse as well as advocating for those women still suffering the effects of violence.
They will be performing the song on the day and with many thanks to The University of Winchester we have also recorded the song, please listen, come along on the day to show your support and consider taking a stand to end violence against women.
Read more about White Ribbon Day here.