A Facebook group for people living in Canterbury has raised over £2,335 so far for the Catching Lives charity.
The ‘Canterbury Residents Group’ (CRG) have appeals every Christmas period to raise money for Catching Lives.
This year the target is to raise £4,000. In previous years they have raised £458 (2015), and £2158 (2016).
Admin of the CRG, Edd Withers, had this to say about the fundraiser: “I’m really happy with the amount raised so far – we’ve already beaten last year’s amount, so that’s great, and we have time to spare. Who knows if we will hit the target, it’s ambitious, but there is a good chance!”.
Catching Lives is an “independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent”.
When asked why he has chosen Catching Lives to raise money for every year, Edd said: “Homelessness is a hot topic in the residents group, and the community of Canterbury really care for those living on the street. Rough sleepers are just as much a part of the community as anyone else, and so it’s important we care for everyone in Canterbury”.
When asked for comment, a representative for Catching Lives said: “We are only able to do what we do because of the support of our local community and the members of CRG are a big part of that.
“The amount raised… is already approaching £3000. It will be used towards towards the cost of the annual Canterbury Community Shelter, which is in it’s 8th year”
A member of the CRG, Graham Igglesden, who has previously been a rough sleeper, and has been supported by Catching Lives had this to say: “I had a particular bad relationship breakup and quickly found myself turfed out with nowhere to go.
“Then one evening in November time 2004 just by chance one of Catching Lives Outreach Team saw me bedded down in a block of Flats communal entrance. The Team at Catching Lives were so supportive and that lifted my head and gave me hope. I’m still on a journey of recovery after other incidents in my life but I’m still here thanks to them.”
When asked if Graham has a message to anyone looking at donating, he said this: “Catching Lives is right on the frontline and is the difference between hope and despair. Resources are limited. Money is limited. Please give what you can to offer hope to someone who thinks there is none and bring a bit of your Christmas into theirs.”
To donate to the fundraiser click here.