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Helping the Homeless this Christmas 2020

Homeless Charity & Bognor Mum, helping those in need this Festive Season

Homeless Charity Bognor Housing Trust is being helped this year by a local mum who is raising awareness and support for them along with a local food bank.

Ms Johnson of Bognor Regis whose a friend of Zoe Pniewski, Owner of My Special Event is organising a homeless calendar box for the charity.

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Bognor Housing Trust – What do they do?

Bognor Housing Trust are there for people in their times of need. Whether you have found yourself recently made homeless due to personal, financial or whatever reason or have been in a situation for a while they are there for you.

They help those in need by providing high quality care short term and supportive housing. Encouraging and supporting those with access to mainstream economical and social activity – something which maybe hard for some but they are there for you ever step of the way.

They offer low- medium housing and welcome all types of support from donations (financially and material goods) . They do however only can house single adults and unfortunately cannot accommodate couples or children. Full details of what they can offer are on their website www.bognorhousingtrust.org.uk or click on the link below:

Bognor Housing Trust Website

Homeless Calendar Boxes
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Calendar Boxes – What are they?

Calendar Boxes are a great way to give something back to those who cannot afford it themselves. Donations are welcomed and items can include any of the following:

  • Crisp Packets – Empty ones to make thermal blankets (once washed they are moulded together to make a blanket for those who need to keep warm in the winter months)
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Cookies
  • Cakes – Individual cakes in multipackets i.e. Cake Bars etc..
  • Dried Fruit
  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Bottles of Water
  • Packets of Wet Wipes
  • Toothbrushes (single and multiple packs) and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (for men and women)
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Sanitary Products
  • Hats/ Gloves/ Scarfs and Blankets

NO ALCOHOL or SHARPS are to be donated to these boxes.

Items should be new and unused and in their original packaging if possible.

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Supporting Local Food Banks this Festive Season too

Ms Johnson as well as supporting Bognor Housing Trust is donating goods to The Trussell Trust Food Bank in her local town Bognor Regis. Trussell Trust is there to help people who in a time of need, need a little helping hand. This calendar box idea by Ms Johnson is also a personal project as like with many of us we never know when we may need a little help ourselves. The stigma surrounding those who use Food Banks should be removed as we never know when hard times may fall and with this ongoing pandemic, more and more people are coming forward requesting help from a food bank to help feed themselves and their families.

Trussell Trust in Bognor Regis is one of many food banks in the community and nearby areas. They offer a “lifeline” to many and need regular donations so anything anyone can donate anytime of the year is gratefully received.

Trussell Trust Food Bank also have collection points for donations in local supermarkets in the Bognor Regis and surrounding areas. Check out their Donating Food page on their website www.bognorregisfoodbank.org.uk as some items are more urgently needed than others.

How Can I help these Charities with Donations?

There are several ways that you can help this festive season with donating goods to the Calendar Boxes or if you cannot before Christmas but can after then contact the charities themselves to enquire about your donation.

To donate to Ms Johnson’s Homeless Calendar Box you can organise your donations through My Special Event by contacting them the following way and they will advise you how to donate:

My Special Event:

Email – info@myspecialevent.co.uk or visit www.myspecialevent.co.uk and submit and enquiry using the contact form.

Contact Zoe Pniewski of My Special Event on

Facebook – www.facebook.co.uk/myspecialevent.co.uk

Twitter – www.twitter.com and search for @MySpecialEvent3

Linkedin – https://uk.linkedin.com/ and search for MySpecialEvent or Zoe Pniewski

Instagram – www. instagram.com/zoepniewski

Bognor Housing Trust

Email: office@bognorhousingtrust.org.uk

Telephone: 01243 837995

Or visit their website www.bognorhousingtrust.org.uk and fill in their contact form with your enquiry

The Trussell Trust Food Bank

Email: bognorfb@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone : 01243 866952 (Foodbank Enquiries) or 0344 477 1171 (Arun and Chichester Citizen Advice about Vouchers and help)

alternatively visit their website www.bognorregis.foodbank.org.uk and fill in their online contact form

I would like to organise my own Charity Event, What can I do?

If you are interested in holding your own Charity Fundraiser which are mostly current online as events for large gatherings are currently not permitted then contact Zoe Pniewski of My Special Event to see what you can do. You can contact Zoe via email, telephone or fill out the contact form on www.myspecialevent.co.uk. Details of how to contact Zoe are above.

Zoe will offer you a FREE ONLINE CONSULATION to discuss your plans and she will be able to outline to you what will be involved, talk about some things you may have overlooked or not released needed to be done. It is a great opportunity to get to know one another and share ideas.

Q: I have an event in mind but I do not want to do it whilst this pandemic is still affecting us.

A: That is fine as Zoe can talk you through everything and organise the event with you for when YOU want to do it, even if it is in 2022 or 2023 it doesn’t matter. All events need careful consideration about who your target audience is, who the event is for and how to go about carrying out your event especially if it involved more people than you. There is no set time and My Special Event always have special promotions for new and existing clients so look out for promotions on www.myspecialevent.co.uk

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