Fundraising is a vital part of the whole Bedminster Winter Lantern process. The committee starts work at the beginning of the year, securing funding, putting together those Lantern Kits and working with the community to do a whole host of fundraising efforts.
Not to mention the amazing fundraising done by the bucket collectors on the day of the Parade!
Without this vital fundraising, we simply couldn’t make the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade happen each year.
But we are a not-for-profit bunch! If we happen to generate any surplus, we don’t keep it! We share the love with a charity local to BS3.
Usually we wait to see how much we manage to raise and then check if there is extra after we’ve balanced the books.
This year we’re changing things up, because we think that the work that these folk are doing is so important that we should promote the heck out of it in advance!
Say hello to Help Bristol’s Homeless
Help Bristol’s Homeless is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol.
Jasper Thompson, the founder of Help Bristol’s Homeless and owner of Jasper’s Jamaican Diner on North Street, explains a bit about what they do:
“We work with the support of our directors, staff and volunteers to build accommodation, to be used by residents while they access the help they need to secure a permanent home. By providing users with the security and dignity that everyone deserves, we empower them to take an active role in improving their own situation. Our mission is to get homeless people off the street first, and then give them a helping hand in the right direction.”
Pretty powerful stuff, non? Totally worth getting as much cash together as we possibly can!
Help Us help Bristol’s Homeless
If you are coming along to the Lantern Parade on the 9th December please do bring some pennies to help this fantastic project.
Or even better…if you have a bit of time and fancy getting involved, why not lend a hand by volunteering to be a bucket collector? Simply email Alex, our volunteer coordinator who will give you all the details of where, what and how.
See you all soon!
Love from the #bemmylanterns team x