An international disaster relief charity is encouraging Brits to help fund emergency shelter for people with nowhere to live after a disaster.
ShelterBox has launched its annual Tent for Lent campaign and is asking supporters to pledge to give something up, take on a challenge, or host a fundraising event during Lent to raise funds and awareness of the work it does around the world.
Community Fundraising Officer at ShelterBox, Louisa Arnold, is excited about the launch of the 2024 fundraising campaign: “Tent for Lent is one of my favourite fundraisers in our calendar because we’re so often surprised by the wonderful ideas our supporters come up with, even when economic times are tricky.
“Our fundraisers take on the challenge in so many different ways from giving up takeout coffees, their Friday night takeaway, or in some cases even their beds to save or raise money for ShelterBox.”
Last year, Valerie Allen, 78, gave up her bed and slept in a tent in her garden for 40 nights. Despite facing harsh weather, Valerie was determined to make a difference – raising over £2,000 to help people affected by disasters across the world.
Grandmother of nine, Valerie said: “I made the decision to sleep in a tent for 40 nights when the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria happened and could not begin to imagine how it might feel to lose your home and even loved ones in a matter of minutes. Tent for Lent was a challenge I felt I had to do.”
The money raised by fundraisers like Valerie helps fund ShelterBox responses worldwide. The charity is currently supporting people who have been displaced from their homes due to extreme drought in Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as conflict in countries like Yemen. It’s also supporting people facing harsh winter temperatures without shelter in places like Syria and Ukraine.
Ms Arnold added: “We couldn’t continue to do the important work we do around the world without our fundraisers or supporters. We’re always amazed at, and incredibly grateful for, the dedication and determination of our supporters who give up their time, energy and even home comforts in support of ShelterBox.
“However people choose to fundraise, every penny saved or raised and donated will make a difference.”
The charity supports people who have been uprooted from their homes by disaster or conflict, providing vital emergency shelter and essential items like solar lights, water filters, blankets, and winter clothing. Items that make a tangible difference to people left with very few belongings.
- £35 could provide a family with a shelter tool kit which contains tools to maintain their homes or shelters.
- £60 could provide a family with a water filter giving them access to clean drinking water.
- £425 could provide a family with a tent, a space for a family to call home. A perfect target for a group
To get involved in Tent for Lent visit ShelterBox’s website.