"Woolly Hat Day" to raise money for local homelessness charity

Turning Tides are calling on the community to ‘Commit to the Knit’ on Friday 18th February by donning a woolly hat to help raise vital funds for those with no place to call home.

Woolly Hat Day, the charity’s annual fundraiser, is back. All are invited to take part – from schools and youth groups, to businesses and congregations – just pop on a woolly hat on Friday 18th February and donate to Turning Tides to help fund their vital services supporting local people facing homelessness. With a suggested donation of £3, why not swap your coffee order that day and donate to the charity’s life saving work.

The money fundraised will be crucial in supporting local people on their pathway out of homelessness. This winter, a staggering 227,000 households across the UK are facing homelessness. Turning Tides continue to work tirelessly every day of the year to ensure the safety and wellbeing of anyone who has become homeless in West Sussex. Hot meals are offered at their Community Hubs in Worthing and Littlehampton whilst Outreach workers scour the countryside across Horsham and Mid Sussex.

The new year often brings renewed hope to many as we look towards a brighter 2022. However, many of those turning to the charity’s services don’t feel hopeful or positive about the future.

Turning Tides are encouraging everyone to get involved in Woolly Hat Day. It is an opportunity to fundraise but also a chance to raise awareness and bring the whole community together in solidarity to make a stand against homelessness. Get behind Turning Tides’ mission to support and empower those experiencing homelessness so that they too can feel hope for the future.

By sharing your woolly hat photo across social media you are helping to spread awareness throughout the county. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #woollyhatday2022 and tag Turning Tides @turningtidesorg.

Sophie Moore, Turning Tides’ Fundraising Officer, highlights the importance of this year’s fundraiser: “At Turning Tides we believe everyone has the right to a home, and as the harsh winter months continue, it becomes increasingly vital that everyone has the safety, warmth and comfort that a home provides. It is through the generosity of our community and their involvement in events such as Woolly Hat Day that we can transform the lives of those experiencing the dangers and uncertainty of homelessness.”

Turning Tides is the largest provider of homeless services for single people throughout West Sussex. The charity runs 21 properties in various locations across the county and has over 300 volunteers and 150+ paid staff supporting its mission to end local homelessness. For over 29 years, Turning Tides has supported thousands of rough sleepers and homeless men and women throughout most of West Sussex.

To find out more or get your school, business or group involved visit: www.turning-tides.org.uk/woollyhatday or contact the fundraising team for more information. Email: fundraising@turning-tides.orguk or phone: 01903 680740

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