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Donations and Fundraising
* Asda, Poole customers: £549.79 from carol singing on two days
* Baden Powell and St Peter’s Middle School: £595.09 from Christmas Jumper Day
* Borough of Poole for a donation
* Broadstone Methodist: £400
* Broadstone URC: £195.92
* Christ Church Creekmoor: £100
* Dorset Wheelchairs: £129.13
* Everyone Active at the Dolphin Leisure Centre: £26.94 from staff and customers
* Foundry Arms, Lagland Street, Poole: £150
* Highworth Insurance: £175 from dress down days
* Holy Angels Church Mothers’ Union: £99.30
* Integrity OMD, Wareham management consultancy: £3055.57
* Little Red Roaster for a donation raised from selling crackers
* Morden PCC: £153.33
* Poole Bay Rotary Business Networking Group:£1667.91 from various fundraising events
* Poole Missional Communities: £200
* Skinner Strret URC: £127.50
* Society of Friends: £100
* St James PCC, Poole: £500
* St John’s PCC, Broadstone: £800
* St Joseph’s Catholic Church: £482.72
* St Mary’s Longfleet Road: £2323.64
* St Michael’s & St Gabriel’s, Hamworthy: £80
* St Paul’s Oakdale: £314.17
* St Peter’s PCC, Parkstone: £97.10
* Ultra Electronics, Wimborne: £107
* URC Skinner Street, Poole: £127.50
* Waitrose, Parkstone Green Token appeal: £354
* Waitrose, Parkstone customers: £173.64 from carol singing
* Starbucks, Poole: £43.53
* Laura & Nicki, Canford Heath: £370.45 from Christmas Reverse Advent Calendar Project
* Homeless Sunday congregation: £267
* Volunteer Ewa for £340 raised for St James’ sponsored sleep-out
Donations in Kind
* Big Yellow, Poole: storage space valued at £2000
* PK Francis Clark: £50 vouchers for sleeping bags
* Poole Bay Rotary Business Networking Group: 6 sleeping bags
* Dorset Community Foundation: £5000 for Afternoon Drop-Ins and Projects
* The Alice Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation: £3000 towards the ‘homeless and vulnerably housed in Poole’
* The Bridging Fund Charitable Trust: £1500
* WH Smith Trust Community Grants Fund: £100
* The Co-op, Blandford Road, Hamworthy BH15 4BH has adopted Routes to Roots as their chosen charity and are raising money for us through their membership and 5p bag sales until March.
* Baden Powell and St Peter’s Middle School has adopted R2R as its charity for the year.
Christmas Day lunch saw 21 homeless and vulnerably housed people come along to enjoy a Christmas meal and quiz. They also received presents and other goodies donated by local churches, schools and individual well-wishers – a real ’12 Days of Christmas’ round of gifts though possibly more useful!
* Sarah and Joe of Kingsbere Kitchen again provided a burger and hot dog lunch for the guys on Xmas Eve.
* Waitrose donated a turkey for Christmas Day lunch.
* Asda customers filled a shopping cart with food and goodies.
* Poole Contact Centre gave us shoeboxes.
* Skinner Street URC congregation and neighbours brought in parcels and presents.
* Emmanuel Middle School Verwood Yr 7 sent us sleeping bags, gifts and packed bags.
* Event Alchemy brought in filled rucksacks and biscuits.
* Two Saints donated useful items for the ladies.
* Upton Methodists donated food and hats.
* The Rucksack project gave us filled rucksacks.
* St Mary’s Catholic Church donated clothes.
* St John’s, Ashley Road gave toiletries.
Calling all lovers of the Great British Breakfast, or croissants and pastries if you prefer.
Make a date with your friends this winter! Invite them round for breakfast in December, January or February. Ask them for a small contribution and donate the money you raise, no matter how large or small, to Routes to Roots’ annual Big Breakfast appeal.
For the sixth year, we will again join forces with the Fisherman’s Café on Poole Quay to provide rough sleepers with a hot breakfast. Last year this service cost us £3,398 to help 47 individuals on the streets of Poole. This year it could easily amount to £4000-5000, depending on the severity of the weather. The media have been speculating that we may be in for a long, bitterly cold winter because an El Niño is underway in the tropical Pacific so this service may be more vital than ever. Although the official Poole street count in November 2015 found just ten rough sleepers in the town, Routes to Roots has records on 20 people who were rough sleeping at that time – and they were only the people who came to us for help.
It costs £4.50 to provide a hot breakfast for a rough sleeper. Could you buy just one guy a breakfast for one day, or a whole week?
Routes to Roots has been awarded a £15,000 grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to fund the costs of volunteer training and a Client Assessment and Outcome Monitoring Database. The charity already keeps paper-based client records of all those attending its drop-ins and participating in the activities it offers, in order to monitor and evaluate its services. This grant will greatly strengthen its effectiveness in working with homeless and vulnerably housed people in Poole and in developing and enhancing the skills of its volunteer base.
In addition to grant funding the charity is able to take advantage of non-financial support through the Foundation’s Enhance Programme – such as mentoring, consultancy and technical support – provided by a range of partners including Lloyds Banking Group.
Little Red Roaster raised a wonderful £1019 from their December Auction in support of Routes to Roots. Their star Auction Lot for a party of up to six people to attend the Handing Over of the Keys Ceremony at the Tower of London attracted furious bidding and finally went for £350. Other lots also proved popular with the bidders. Thank you to Tom and his team and to all those taking part.
“Your vital input to the lives of homeless people is inspirational, and offers them the prospect of hope and a brighter future.” Words from Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dorset Police force area, following a recent visit to talk with clients and volunteers at Routes to Roots. Rough sleepers is an issue close to Martyn’s heart and he has since visited The Big Issue and the wet house in Bournemouth. He has expressed a wish to return to spend more time with our guys at a Drop-In.
Dr Kings has long been familiar with the charity’s work and was a guest at a service in March 2012 at St Peter’s Church to celebrate and give thanks to God for 10 years of being Routes to Roots. One of the most moving parts of that service was when he presented a Bible to one of our homeless friends.
Dr Graham Kings served as a curate at St Mark’s Harlesden, London; vice-principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya (CMS mission partner); Lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation, founding Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the study of mission and world Christianity, Cambridge and affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity; vicar of St Mary’s Islington and now Bishop of Sherborne (in the Diocese of Salisbury). He is also a co-founder and theological secretary of Fulcrum.
He has published three books: Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism (2001) – with Geoff Morgan; Christianity Connected (2002) – PhD thesis from the University of Utrecht; Signs and Seasons (2008); and writes for The Times, The Guardian and Fulcrum.
Alison, a psychotherapist, and he have three daughters in their 20s.