The final figure is now in… on Sat 5 October we raised an incredible £1,675.48 for the Help Bristol’s Homeless Charity at our Big Spring Street Gig! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and gave donations, we very much appreciate it ❤️
On what was a very emotional evening in St John’s Church, Keynsham, we performed 2 sets including songs by George Ezra, The Drifters, Miley Cyrus and Blondie, among others, accompanied by our fabulous CJ Band. The event was a resounding success attracting over 250 people and with everyone involved clearly having a great time! The audience soon realised they were going to be in for a treat and rewarded the choir with a standing ovation at the end of the night.
During the evening, representatives from HBH, Zoradi Tucker and Rob Earnshaw, both took the opportunity to talk more about the charity’s unique work. Rob spoke movingly from personal experience, after finding himself homeless as a result of alcohol addiction and mental health problems. Originally a resident at HBH’s container site on Malago Road, he described how as an ex-professional chef he is now managing the new site on Spring Street and doing the cooking.
Rob goes on to say, ‘I now feel so happy and contented. This is entirely due to the efforts of Jasper Thompson. None of this would be possible for us if it wasn’t for the drive and commitment of HBH. Jasper has a sound understanding of homelessness and the issues we face because he asks the relevant questions and listens to our answers’.
Zoradi, HBH Trustee explains, ‘It’s been a busy summer, in July we started the move from our original site on Malago Road to our new site on Spring Street. We now have 15 micro-flats converted from shipping containers, the overnight bus for temporary accommodation, a shower block, kitchen/dining areas, a laundry room and an office to enable admin for the running of the charity. This has required a lot of assistance in getting the site connected and we could not have done it without all the hard work from our amazing volunteers and the Bristol community who have so kindly given up their time and used their skills to help us’.
The Spring Street container village is now nearing completion and will soon be up and running. HBH will continue the mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol. If you think you could help, get involved or would like to make a donation, please contact Zoradi Tucker on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.helpbristolshomeless.org