Local homelessness charity, New Hope, received over £40,000 in response to its Christmas appeal, as well as over a hundred Christmas presents for its service users.
Rebecca Palmer, the charity’s fundraising manager, said: “We are so grateful to everyone, including schools, local companies and faith groups, who donated to our Christmas appeal.
“Over £40,000 was raised which will fund the work of the Haven on Whippendell Road. This is where we provide crisis support and practical help to people facing homelessness in our town.
“In From the Cold was our most successful Christmas appeal ever and the money raised means the team can keep providing humanitarian aid and life-changing support to people in desperate need.
“The Watford community were incredibly generous this Christmas. Even though times are hard for us all with the cost-of-living crisis, we are so grateful that people responded to our appeals for help and generously gave to those who are having a tough time.
“Each resident received at least one gift on Christmas Day, West Watford Golfing Society generously provided funds for festive Christmas meals, and many individuals and organisations purchased essential items from our ‘urgent needs’ wish list.”
New Hope is currently seeing an average of 15 people each month with a new case of homelessness and is working in partnership with Watford Borough Council and One YMCA to provide additional emergency accommodation throughout the winter months.