Because of the outstanding generosity and support towards our Buy a Bed campaign, we have raised £75,000 and over £12,000 in Gift Aid towards the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre and Bethany’s winter work!

Manager of the Welcome Centre, Ruth Longmuir adds:

“A huge thank you to everyone that has contributed to the Buy a Bed appeal this winter! The response has been amazing and we’re so grateful for your support. Each person who bought a virtual voucher is a vital part of the Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre service. So far this winter, with your help, we have supported 481 different people (across the 14 weeks of operation). The Welcome Centre is not just emergency accommodation for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough, it sees many different services and agencies come together to provide wraparound support to our guests and assist them to find more suitable accommodation.”

The Welcome Centre has supported 481 different guests this winter so far, an average of 44 people each day.  This has resulted in 4,272 daily accesses to the service over the 98 days that the service has been open.  We don’t always know where a guest moves on to, but for the stays that we do know the outcome for, 83% went to accommodation and 9% went to stay with friends or family. 

It sees great partnership working between Bethany Christian Trust, City of Edinburgh Council and many other medical and support services who help facilitate these great outcomes for guests.   

Here are a couple of quotes from some who have joined us this winter:

“Thank you for being kind and patient”
“The kindness I have been shown gives me such hope”

The Centre itself runs through to May 3rd and will reopen again this autumn.

We hope this gives you encouragement that all your £21 donations have made such a difference to individuals lives this winter and we once again give our sincerest thanks. We could not do this without you!