Church of England Diocese of London St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

St Botolph's Advent and Christmas charities - St Mungo's and MIND

13 Dec 2020, 11:30 p.m.
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There is never a good time to be homeless but the cold winter months can be the worst of all. Staying dry and warm is a constant battle and these conditions can cause pneumonia and tuberculosis in rough sleepers. Winter nights are long and dark, which can be dangerous and isolating for rough sleepers - add to this hunger, fear and loneliness and it becomes clear why winter takes such a physical and mental toll. St Mungo’s supports people all the way through their recovery journey, from first steps off the street through to training and employment.

A donation of £25 could provide basic clothing for a rough sleeper.
£40 could provide one month’s worth of groceries for a client moving into crisis accommodation this winter.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">The Government, the NHS and mental wellbeing charities agree that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on a mental health emergency the effects of which are likely to be felt for a long time. 2020 has been a year of anxiety and uncertainty for all of us – those already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges, and more people will need help as the situation continues. MIND provides advice and support</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;"> to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, as well as campaigning</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;"> to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.</span>

A donation of £20 could run the charity’s online peer support community ‘Side by Side’ for an hour, helping people connect with others and feel less alone. £40 could help its Infoline answer calls, providing someone with vital support and information.

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Please give as generously as you are able at this time:

· Cash donations may be placed in a Gift Aid envelope (please complete your details if you are a UK taxpayer) and handed in to Fr David or a member of staff at the end of the service.

· Card and contactless donations can be made before or after the service, and can be Gift Aided – ask at the church office.

· PayPal donations can be made via the link on our website.