Following a successful fundraising campaign led by the Wisbech Standard on behalf of Ferry Project, the largest provider of homelessness services in the district, Steve Barclay MP announced that Central Government has pledged £44,000 to save Ferry Project’s night shelter in the heart of Wisbech.

Kris Hopkins, UK’s Housing Minister, announced he was moved by the ‘exceptional case’ of Ferry Project’s night shelter which provides emergency accommodation for over 150 rough sleepers in Fenland each year.  The government announcement comes on the heels of Ferry Project’s appeal to Wisbech to help save the night shelter.  Ferry Project was overwhelmed by the response of local people to the appeal, who came forward with £51,000 in private and charitable donations in just six weeks.

Keith Smith, Director of Ferry Project said:

“I would personally like to thank everyone who has given to this important cause.  The night shelter is a vital service that helps homeless people begin their journey back to independence.  Without the support of the local community, over 150 people a year would be sleeping rough in the Wisbech area.  Time and again, we see the national press try and run down this great town.  I have never been more proud to live here.  In a time of economic hardship, the Wisbech community rallied around and showed the world that we are a town that looks after one another, that gets things done.  Thank you.”

Local donations from the Wisbech area include £15,000 from individuals and groups (includes £2,000 from the Oasis Christian Bookshop and £5,000 from Kings Church), £5,000 from Fenland District Council, £7,000 in grant funding and £24,000 from the Elizabeth Wright charity.  With the Government’s injection of £44,000, the night shelter is now fully-funded through the end of March 2015.

Please note that Ferry Project core services are funded separately from the night shelter.

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