JULIA and Hans Rausing have given over £1million gifts to charities across the country this Christmas, providing support in particular to homeless charities and those in need over the winter.
In total, 60 charities will receive donations, with £660,000 going to Glass Door, St Martin-in-the-field and The Passage, charities all supporting homeless people through the difficult winter months.
This Christmas, the charities efforts will be focused on providing hot meals and shelter for people on the street, as well as helping homeless people into employment.
Additionally, Julia and Hans have supported The Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time this year, the largest match funding charity campaign in the UK, as well as 22 charities in their local communities of Gloucestershire and West London.
Julia and Hans Rausing commented:
“For many, this festive period will be even more difficult given the financial impact the pandemic has had across the country. We are grateful these charities are able to support the vulnerable on our streets, as well as those alone and in need.”
Mick Clarke, Chief Executive at the Passage, commented:
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Passage has been needed more than ever by those on the streets. Our priority this winter is to ensure that people are rapidly supported off the streets, as temperatures continue to drop, and into safe accommodation where they can be provided with the ongoing support that they need to start rebuilding their lives. That support also includes helping people access employment; providing a route from street to employment to home. The Passage is about lasting change, and helping people home for good; this approach is needed now more than ever as the economic impacts of covid 19 begin to be felt.
“We are very grateful to the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust for their continued support and funding which will really strengthen our efforts during these more challenging winter months.”
Lucy Abraham, CEO at Glass Door, commented:
“The grant from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust comes at a vital time. With homelessness expected to reach critical levels in the coming months, lives are at risk. Hundreds of people – a lot of them newly homeless – are turning to Glass Door for shelter and support. We have adapted our winter services so that we can safely provide emergency accommodation and food to those who will need it the most during the coldest months of the year.
“Thanks to the support of the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, more individuals affected by homelessness will have a route off the streets into a safer and more stable future.”
This year, Julia and Hans Rausing have donated over £38.5 million to organisations and charities, as the sector has been devastated by reduced funding and increased demand for their services as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In July, it launched the Charity Survival Fund, which provided grants to 329 small and medium-sized charities totalling £18million pounds to help fill the loss of funding due to COVID-19.