February News Bite

Words: Amy on February 21, 2019

Heres your chance to catch up with all things HBH with this month’s new bite.

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Unfortuneality, this month we start with some sad news.
Due to the increasing running costs of a high street store, it’s with great sadness that we’ve had to announce the closure of HBH charity shop in Nailsea.
We want to thank Jackie Main and her team of volunteers for all of their hard work.


We are incredibly pleased to announce that we have received full planning permission from Bristol City council to develop the new Spring Street site.
This is what we’ve been waiting for so we can now steam ahead ready for our move in April.
Follow us on Facebook for all our latest updates on the Spring Street development.


Due to the cold, wet weather, it’s been a tough few weeks for the street homeless of Bristol.
We all know how difficult it can be to keep warm at home in this cold weather. So imagine how hard it can be to stay warm when you’re homeless.
The average age of rough sleepers who died in the last five years was 43, around half the usual life expectancy in the UK.
In 2018, an independent report found that 78 homeless people died in the UK because of winter conditions.
These figures are shocking, but we believe that with the right action those figures can be significantly lowered.
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We have now changed our target amount to £50000 due to the recent support from companies such as EDF and Barratt Homes Ecotricity to name a few.
We are almost halfway there with our current total at  £24,199.
The clock is ticking, and with each day we move closer to our deadline so if you haven’t already, please visit our JustGiving page and pledge your support today.
JustGiving Page


We have some great events coming up over the next couple of months that include a wonderful black tie event and the legendary Fan Dance.
To find out more about all our upcoming events, please visit our events page.


Please keep a close eye on our Facebook; we use it daily to shout out for both volunteers and goods that we urgently require. And to keep you updated with the current work we are doing.
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We believe that having a home is not an entitlement; it is a RIGHT.
Everybody should have the opportunity to live in a place they can call their own.
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