Cosham Fire Station has teamed up for the first time with local charity Helping Hands Portsmouth for a fundraiser to help the city’s homeless this winter. Organiser Emma Staniforth explains how she and local firefighter Mark Chapman teamed up.
Helping Hands Portsmouth are a group of dedicated, passionate individuals who volunteer help and support to Portsmouth’s homeless and vulnerable. The team go out regularly to give out hot, nutritious food, drinks and anything else that is needed, from clothes, sleeping bags or to help with attending appointments.
Kindness, compassion and humanity are our core values, and a listening ear for anyone that needs it. Helping Hands rely purely on donations and public generosity.
Local firefighter Mark Chapman and I agreed that a great way to raise money would be to hold a fundraising night at Cosham Fire Station, where Mark works as a firefighter. We want this to be a fun, community focused night, bringing people together and raising money for a great cause.
We have a fantastic local band playing called Cadency and a DJ, so it’s set to be a brilliant night. We are so grateful for the support Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are providing us in enabling this night to happen.
No time is ever a good time to be homeless, but winter conditions can be particularly challenging.
The money raised will support Helping Hands Portsmouth with their Winter Appeal, and will ensure we can continue to support the city’s homeless and vulnerable during this time.
September also marks Helping Hands Portsmouth’s 2nd anniversary.
Helping Hands Portsmouth Winter Appeal Fundraiser
8th September 2018, 7pm – midnight, Cosham Fire Station
Main image by Sarah Cheverton.