Our current Give Leicester campaign runs from 28 October 2019 and is raising money for the One Roof Winter Night shelter.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the winter 2019/20 campaign has been extended. Please read our update here for information on how donations will be used after 31 March.
Money has been raised through public donations at 16 contactless giving points in the city centre, through Leicester-based tech company LoyalFree (until 31 March 2020) and from visitors to events in the city.
Find out how to donate through contactless donation points in the city centre.
Find out how local business Prana Cafe supported the campaign by donating 100% vegan meals to the Winter Night Shelter.
See how the money has been raised in the figures below.
Winter 2019/20: One Roof Winter Night Shelter
Campaign total to date:
Contactless donation points
Number of taps on contactless donation points by members of the public.
Total amount raised through contactless donation points.
LoyalFree have pledged 1p to Give Leicester for every loyalty stamp collected on the LoyalFree app.
This includes back-dating their pledge from when the app launched.
Backdated pledge from app launch to October 2019.
1p per stamp since the campaign went live.
The app has hundreds of discounts available in Leicester.
Click here to download the LoyalFree app and start to Give as you Save.
Thanks to organisations and members of the public across the city, the following events have raised money to add to the campaign total.
Raised by visitors to Museum of the Moon at Leicester Cathedral in October 2019.
Raised by audiences to De Montfort Hall Christmas 2019 pantomime.
Raised by Leicestershire Business Voice Christmas 2019 event.
How was the money used?
The Winter Night Shelter provided a warm bed, a hot meal and a friendly welcome for guests who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the cold winter months. Their aim is to create a homely atmosphere where guests can relax and feel safe. The Winter Night Shelter is:
Welcoming people from all backgrounds and offering support based only on their needs.
Offering more than a meal and a bed; they give guests a listening ear and support to rebuild their lives.
Support is provided due to the generous support of the community, from venues to volunteers.
The shelter rotated around different venues, each providing a team of volunteers for one night per week between December and March. Some venues provided the guests with food in-house, whilst others partnered with different faith groups to provide the food and additional volunteers that were needed. The Shelter provided beds for those who had no recourse to public funding – some of these people were supported to apply for settled status where they were eligible, helping them to build a stable life.
Volunteers in the shelter offer a wide range of support – they set up beds, cook and serve food and offer guests conversation and a friendly environment. Some stay overnight and some arrive first thing to help serve breakfast. It is the incredible commitment and generosity of the volunteers that make the project possible.
Successes of the Winter Night Shelter…
nights’ accommodation provided to guests
guests supported to move into stable accommodation
different faith venues hosted the winter night shelter
evening meals were served, and 1000 breakfasts
hours of time volunteered
volunteers helped run the Winter Night Shelter
Please note we aim to update these figures regularly throughout the campaign. Last update: 19 October 2020