Peter with client

Christmas Appeal message from Peter Heywood, Founder and Chair of Trustees.

As we move towards Christmas and the end of the year, I think we can all safely say that 2020 didn’t pan out as anyone had hoped or planned. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented each and every one of us with challenges and may continue to do so for some time yet.

During 2020 the Genesis Trust reached the incredible milestone of 25 years since it was officially registered as a charity, and nearly 30 years since the beginning of the Soup Run.

We have managed to continue supporting our homeless and vulnerable clients via the Lifeline Centre throughout 2020 and that means we have continued to serve some of the most marginalised in our local community. The way in which we have offered support has changed and developed through the pandemic but helping people to work through crisis and emerge with hope in their lives has remained.

Genesis Trust has reached the incredible milestone of 25 years since it was officially registered as a charity

I want to thank everyone who has played a part in Genesis over the years. Those who have volunteered their time, those who have donated money, services and spaces to use and those who have worked with us. We could not have achieved this much without you.

As I look to 2021 I am saddened to think that there are still homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in our city who need our support and the numbers of people needing our help are likely to increase as a result of the pandemic. But, I know that together we can continue to make a difference and help people find new beginnings and better futures.

I would like to ask you to consider making a gift to the Genesis Trust this Christmas to help our clients who visit the Lifeline Centre live their lives with hope.