Its work began in 1987 after two rough sleepers died sleeping on Richmond riverside. SPEAR began with a temporary night shelter and now has a variety of kinds of accommodation, including its main hostel in Kew Road, Richmond, and a women-only hostel, which opened in 2014.
Homelessness is seldom just about accommodation and SPEAR has also developed a range of support services to help people get their lives back on track.
“Since you found me and scraped me off my bench you have helped me put my life back together. I feel secure and hopeful for the future.”
Soup Kitchen Challenge
This fundraising initiative is now in its third year at All Hallows. Individuals or groups host an event to raise money for SPEAR, offering a simple meal – perhaps soup, bread and cake – in return for a donation. Our Guides have run an event in the church hall in all three years and members of the congregation have held smaller Soup Kitchen events in their own homes. We also hosted two social events for Twickenham Choral Society in support of SPEAR.
For information about running your own Soup Kitchen event and a helpful ‘here’s how’ pack, contact Rebecca Wallis: [email protected]
Quiz & Chips evening
The Quiz & Chips evening on 25 February saw more than 80 quizzers answering questions and raised just over £900 for SPEAR.
Teams competed on a variety of topics, including a music round and a round of questions about the year 1987, which was when SPEAR first established a temporary night shelter in Richmond.
Supper was provided by PK’s Fish Bar and the drinks by Last Try Wines. A very successful raffle featured prizes generously donated by local businesses (such as Waitrose, Sandys the Fishmonger, Waterstones) and individuals. Thank you very much to all our sponsors and to everyone who supported the event or helped in any way!
Carol singing at the station
Our wonderful 10th Twickenham Guides sang carols at Twickenham station for SPEAR before Christmas and raised a phenomenal £439.
All Hallows wins Richmond Community Award
All Hallows’ work to support SPEAR was celebrated in the Richmond Community Awards on 9 September when Rebecca Wallis, one of our Charity Champions, received a Community Award for which she was nominated by SPEAR. The award recognises our work to raise funds and awareness across the parish over the last two years, involving the congregation, our uniformed groups and parish residents. A number of All Hallows people have come forward to volunteer for SPEAR directly and it was also good to learn that our fundraising represents the highest ever amount generated by a church for SPEAR. Let’s see what more we can achieve in the year ahead!