Teresa smashes fundraising target for the homeless of Peterborough by Tandem Skydiving
With the harsh Winter nights upon us, most of us look forward to snuggling down in our warm, comfortable and secure place that we call home. But many people don’t have this basic human right.
According to Shelter, Peterborough has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the East of England with an estimated 1,153 homeless people.
In the run up to Christmas Teresa Giraldi, our Bookings Administrator and Mother of two young children, has been fundraising to support her voluntary work with The Light Project for the homeless of Peterborough.
The Light Project is a charity that has been running a winter night shelter in the city for the last three years, in collaboration with local churches and the City Council.
This October saw the opening of a day centre at the Garden House, centrally located within the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral. In addition to providing food and clothes for homeless people, practical services and support are also available, such as healthcare, job search, housing and benefits advice, volunteering and training, to assist people off the streets.
Teresa said: “I became involved with the Light Project’s night shelter work three years ago at my local church, one of seven churches in Peterborough that offers a bed and a hot meal for the homeless every night. I am one of 400 volunteers who provides food and shelter to rough sleepers during the coldest time of the year. I volunteer twice a week to help provide positive support. I find this work extremely rewarding and love helping.”
Teresa is committed to making a difference on this important issue. In September this year, with the colder months looming ahead, Teresa decided to raise money to support the continued provision of these services that help homeless and vulnerable people. Fundraising is vital to the strength and continuation of night shelters, something Teresa is very passionate about.
Teresa’s fundraising page (can be found here) says: “I am throwing myself out of a plane to do a sponsored tandem skydive to raise money for the rough sleepers of Peterborough...help!!!” Teresa set a fundraising target of £500 and is amazed by the generosity she has seen from supporters who have given £1200 and the page is still open for donations. “People have been so generous. It’s amazing! My biggest donation was £100 cash!”
On Wednesday 12th December, Teresa bravely challenged herself for this worthy cause and jumped out of a plane 10,000 feet above the ground in a Tandem Skydive - “It was absolutely brilliant!”