Local homelessness charity Trinity Winchester is celebrating 30 years of providing life changing services to over 10,000 people, with two large fundraising events.
To kick off the 30th celebrations, Trinity hosted their annual Big Sleep Out in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, and then hosted a Dinner with cricketer Sir Ian Botham at the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl.
The two events have raised almost £20,000 so far.
Lucy Tennant, who helped to co-ordinate these events, commented:
This is an incredible amount. Trinity have to fundraise almost £250,000 every year to keep the services running, and we are so grateful to all those who bought tickets, raised sponsorship, took part in the auction, and made donations at both events.
The Big Sleep Out, on Friday 6th May, saw participants spend the evening creating “cardboard castles” whilst listening to live music from local band Mighty Hump, and being entertained by students from the University of Winchester.
A team from Osborne Construction worked with students at Winnall Primary School to create the winning cardboard castle, and were presented with a prize by former Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Angela Clear.
Sue McKenna, Operations Director at Trinity said:
All at Trinity would like to thank the brave people who took part in the Big Sleep Out. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult it is to sleep rough and this event does not intend to try, but we had a fun evening raising funds and awareness about Trinity’s services.
82 people also attended a dinner at the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl on 17th May. After a three course meal, Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham took to the stage for a question and answer session, sharing stories about his cricket adventures over the years.
Nicki Smith, Trustee at Trinity Winchester commented:
Sir Ian is such a generous man; he has raised over £12,000,000 for charity to date. We are so grateful that he could attend this event, and help to raise vital funds and awareness of our important work. He is a great speaker, and we look forward to working with him again.
The Winchester branch of Santander also attended the dinner, helping to raise more money through organising the auction and the raffle. Santander will be match funding some of the money raised.
There will be more events celebrating 30 Years of Trinity Winchester, please visit their website www.trinitywinchester.org.uk or call the office on 01962 842827 for more information.
Trinity Winchester is a charity supporting homeless and other vulnerable people in the city of Winchester. Trinity addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support, and proactive prevention, empowering positive change.
Main Photo: Sir Ian Botham with Staff and Trustees of Trinity Winchester