Digartref Ltd celebrates its 21st birthday
Digartref Ltd is a local Anglesey based charity, established in 1998 to alleviate and prevent homelessness, through the delivery of a range of services across Anglesey and Gwynedd.
Digartref celebrated its 21st birthday in January 2020, they wanted to mark the occasion by embarking on a range of fundraising challenges and events with an overall aim of raising at least £21,000 throughout 2019.
A celebration event was held at The Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead on January 28th, the event was very well attended with guests including past and present staff, volunteers, service users, friends and supporters. Ex Labour MP Albert Owen, who is a long-time supporter of Digartref, attended giving a speech and even help cut the cake. Digartref’s Chair, Julia Morgan, gave a speech thanking all past and present individuals who have committed their time to support the charity. The Chief Executive, Wendy Hughes, provided plans for the future and the development of further homelessness services on Anglesey, to meet the demand in these times where the numbers experiencing homelessness is increasing. Eryri Woodwind provided entertainment for the afternoon.
Fundraising events included:
Individual donations via Just Giving, Facebook Birthday Fundraisers, Pop-up Charity shop, Sponsored walk up Mount Snowdon, Waitrose Green Token Scheme, Local Schools, Local Groups such as; Anglesea Masons, Gwelfor Friendship club, Bangor Salsa, Llangefni Tennis Club, Local churches, Quiz nights, Coffee Mornings, Fundraising Auction Night; with raffle and auction donations from local restaurants, hotels, takeaways, family days out, train tickets, panto tickets, local artists to name a few.
All monies raised will assist the charity in providing much needed homelessness services
£15 could ensure a young homeless person is offered an emergency placement for the night, reducing the risk of them having to sleep rough on the streets.
£10 could ensure that those who are homeless, rough sleeping and without access to money have a hot meal for a week.
£100 could help us purchase and distribute rough sleeper packs, including a sleeping bag, gloves/hat, a flask and tent to someone who has no option but to sleep out.
As the number of people affected by homelessness rise across the country, this is also mirrored on Anglesey. There has been a 30% growth in the number of people seeking assistance from Digartref Ltd from 2018 to 2019.