There has been a phenomenal response to the appeal to save the Ferry Project night shelter in Wisbech.
In just three weeks, the Fenland community has donated a massive £15,000 to the shelter, which in addition to £12,000 of government funds means the shelter can remain open until at least the end of June.
The night shelter, which offers a safe place for 12 people to sleep who would otherwise be on the streets, could have closed its doors this week after its three-year funding ran out.
Ferry Project director Keith Smith said: “We have been overwhelmed by Wisbech’s generosity. All sorts of people have contributed to the campaign. For example, a pensioner walked in off the street and said she had always supported the work of the night shelter, and gave us £1,000. Other individuals have given what they can afford, from £10 a month upwards. Organisations have been playing their part as well - for example, the Oasis Book shop kindly donated £2,000 and The Kings Church has rallied around to donate a whopping £5,000 – amazing.”
I would simply like to say a massive thank you to all the people and organisations who have donated money to help fund the night shelter. I have lived in Wisbech for over 30 years and am proud to be part of such a generous caring community. We are nearly half way to reaching our £65,000 fundraising target. Let’s keep going and together, save our night shelter.”
Donations still need to be made to keep the shelter open until the end of the year. Contact Octavia View on 01945 429301 in the first instance.