On 22 December generous, yoga-loving people got together at akarmalife studios for the annual 108 sun salutes event. This year we asked for a donation to go to one of two charities chosen by a Facebook vote. And in the spirit of giving, akarmalife matched the donation.
The Prebend Day Centre was the close winner and after matching the donations, we raised £282! Plus we were able to donate all the items collected during our food bank drive at the studio.
Stuart visited the busy day centre to drop off the collect and donation and had a chance to meet with the centre manager, Sue Flynn who told him about what they do for homeless people in the community.
Bedford Concern for the Homeless and Rootless (BeCHaR) has run the Prebend Day Centre since 1993. Around 60 clients a day visit the day centre for free light breakfast, lunch and support services.
Sue says, “Sleeping rough doesn't often involve sleeping as people are vulnerable on the streets. Coming here means a hot drink, clean clothes, a shower and they have somewhere safe to nod off for a couple of hours. This makes all the difference to someone's wellbeing.”
Along with these simple things that most of us take for granted, clients can also access health care, provided by a nurse from a local GP surgery twice weekly, plus housing and benefits advice.
Akarmalife would like to thank Sue and her team for their warm welcome and for taking some time out of their busy day to tell us about the work they do. Here Stuart is picture with Day Centre Manager, Sue along with Jo and Jenny, two support workers.
BeCHaR are soon to merge with a larger charity which will help with much needed renovations and secure this valuable service for many years to come. However, they still need your support and most urgent right now are donations of tinned food and volunteers for their tea bar and kitchen.