Over twenty-four thousand pounds
Yesterday, Saturday 18 January, was the time to gather together in Old Buckenham Church Rooms and pass over various cheques to the St Martins Housing Trust. St Martins is a charity, based in Norwich, that provides help and advice to the homeless in the city and other parts of the county of Norfolk www.stmartinshousing.org.uk .
Every January the amount collected through the efforts of Old Buckenham residents and village organisations is worked out and the money presented to the representatives of St Martins.
Derek Player, the General Manager, is able to update everyone with the current situation on homelessness and pass on the thanks of those who will benefit from this money that has been raised. Unfortunately the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Norwich appears to have risen by 40% over the last year so the demand on the services provided by St Martins has increased as well.
The total amount raised this year (from the collection at the Christmas Eve service, by the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust, from collections at Sainsburys in Attleborough and other 'bucket' collections elsewhere) was the amazing amount of £24,199.20.
Other help was given by the collecting up of non-perishable foods for use by the Trust, particularly that collected by the pupils of Old Buckenham High School, see previous post on Tuesday 24 December.