Christmas carols are a great way of spreading some festive joy; you can have fun and raise money for Shelter Cymru to support those children who will spend Christmas morning in an emergency bed and breakfast or hostel, often cramped into one room with their whole family and limited facilities.
You can organise carol singing anytime in the lead-up to Christmas – all you need is somewhere with enough room for you and your choir. You could sing carols:
- at work in the main lobby, canteen area or travel around departments
- at a local community or village hall
- on a high street or in a local supermarket
- at your Church or Chapel
- on the train or at the station.
Please remember if you sing on private property (train stations, shopping centres, etc.) you must obtain permission from the owner.
Following the very successful Ride to the Rugby 2014: Destination Paris, we are currently working on Ride to the Rugby 2015.
Please check back here for details on how to enter.
We are once again braving the elements to take on the 200+ mile ride from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, arriving in time for the Six Nations’ match Ireland Vs Wales. Last year, over 60 cyclists rode the 300 miles to Paris to watch Wales beat France in the Stade de France and raised a fantastic £96,000 to support us to put an end to homelessness in Wales. All cyclists taking part receive a ticket to the match, so it’s definitely worth the ride!
We will be leaving Thursday 4 February 2016 from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and then traveling up to Carmarthen on the first day. We’re then traveling from there to the Pembroke Dock to take the ferry across to Rhosslare on Friday, before traveling up to Dublin on the Saturday in time for a night out celebrating our massive achievement and tickets to the match on Sunday. We’ll be traveling back then after the match by coach and getting the evening ferry. All transport, accommodation, match ticket, breakfast and lunch, shirt, is included, so costs to you are just your evening meals, any beverages on an evening you might want, personal travel insurance, your kit and a bike of course.
We ask that everyone who takes part raises a minimum £1,500 and this obviously includes the cost of the trip as well as money for our work to support families at risk of losing their homes or living in bad housing. We ask to confirm your place that you pay a £200 non-refundable deposit (this is part of the £1,500 total) and then we’ll get you up and running with the fundraising. The fundraising can seem a little daunting at first, but our fundraising team are happy to chat through with you how to go about raising the money, everyone always does better than they think, and we’ll help in any way we can with this.
Love rugby? Looking for a challenge? Then this is for you.
Shelter Cymru’s Art Auctions return for their 13th year.
The Annual Welsh Art Auctions are one of the biggest events in our fundraising calendar, as well as a guaranteed great evening out. Since 2002, we have raised an incredible £176,000 to support our work, thanks to the continued generosity of the artists and all those who come along and buy artwork.
Artists, who are Welsh or based in Wales, very generously donate their work so that all the income from the auctions goes directly to helping people in housing need in Wales. There’s always a wide range of styles, sizes and prices to suit every wall and pocket.
This year we have a royal connection as one of the contributing artists Seren Bell, has been commissioned by Prince Charles to paint a number of works for his new home.
Our North Wales Auction will be held on the 20th September at Rossett Hall, Wrexham and then we finish off once again at the Penarth Pier Pavilion on Friday 25th September.
Visit the Shelter Cymru Art Auction’s page to view this years collection.
We do hope you will be able to come along and join us at one of our Auctions. For more details please contact a member of our fundraising team on 01792 469400.
Matt and his Co-op colleagues, Sam, Kurt and Charllotte from Brecon, took on the Taff Trail on Tuesday 28 July, riding 56 miles from Brecon to Cardiff.
Matt is a committed fundraiser who supports a different charity annually. Matt said:
I chose to support Shelter Cymru this year because one of my friends was going through a difficult time with his landlord and was on the verge of being homeless. He had nowhere to turn, but then he found Shelter Cymru. Shelter Cymru gave him the support he so desperately needed and helped him find a better place to live.
Shelter Cymru hold a weekly surgery in Brecon on Monday afternoons 1.30 – 3.30pm, where expert advisers are on hand to offer advice and support for anyone with a housing problem. If like Matts friend you need help contact our housing advice helpline on 08000 495 495, no one need face homelessness alone.
The bike ride was a success and went really well although was very challenging and there were a few minor problems along the way with punchers and brakes but it was worth it. I’m extremely grateful to Shelter Cymru for the support they gave to my friend, for being there when he needed them most. I hope I can raise lots of money to support them with their work during my year of fundraising.
Matt has already raised over £500 through his bike ride and collecting tins in the Co-op.
If like Matt you are a keen cyclist, Shelter Cymru will once again be holding its Castles & Cathedrals sportive on Sunday 11th October with the opportunity to ride the 92 miles from Cardiff to Brecon and back or starting at Brecon and completing the shorter route. For more information and to register to take part visit http://castlesandcathedrals.org.uk/