Evergreen Care Trust on course for a great 2014

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A trust which helps older and vulnerable people is cele-brating raising £22,000 to help it to meet the increasing demand for its services.

The board of trustees of Evergreen Care Trust, which started in 2005, launched a campaign in September to raise £25,000.

It wanted to find 100 people willing to donate £250 each and 88 people have already come forward to be 
Evergreen Centurions.

Trust founders Louise Marsh: “We have had such tremendous support for the Centurion Campaign. We are just so thankful with how it has been supported.”

Mrs Marsh said the trust had a little way to go to hit its £25,000 target and it would be great to get a final push to hit the target going into the New Year.

The trust currently supports about 600 vulnerable adults each week through its projects in Stamford, Bourne and the surrounding villages.

It is now aiming to sign up 2,000 Friends of Evergreen to be able to provide sustainable funding for its services.

People who sign up can give as little as £1 a month.

Mrs Marsh said: “We want to be able to respond to the needs of 2,000 people instead of the 500 or 600 that we do at the moment because the demand is still there and it is not going away.

“We have been running our Christmas lunches for the last couple of weeks and they are absolutely bursting because they are really nice events. We also have a waiting list for our hot and wholesome soup delivery service and our befriending service is very busy.

“At this time of year it helps to be reminded that there are people out there alone and in need of support.

“It is a very busy time of year and there is an unreserved demand for everything we offer.

“It is essential that we get that support from regular givers.”

Evergreen’s paid staff members and hundreds of volunteers provide a number of free services, including: cleaning services, hospital-to-home transport service, a befriending service, a furniture service and a home support service.

The trust also runs a heavily-subsidised meal service, where the meals are delivered and it is currently handing out more than 300 portions a month.

It also runs an advocacy service which in the last year has had a 100 per cent increase in the number of referrals.

Mrs Marsh said the trust did not want to be in a position where it had to turn away people in need of support. She said the volunteers at the trust were continually reminded how important the services they delivered were to the local community with people, writing, calling and e-mailing them with messages of support and thanks.

Businesses and community groups can also become Friends of Evergreen, providing regular support for the trust’s work.

To find out more about the campaign or to get involved with the trust, call 01780 765900 or e-mail louisemarsh@evergreen.org.uk.