CORK Simon has appealed to the public to give generously over the coming months as pressure on their services reaches maximum capacity.
Almost 50% of the charity’s annual fundraising takes place in the weeks before Christmas, a spokesperson for the charity confirmed.
Cork Simon campaigns and communications manager Paul Sheehan that they are already starting to see the pressures of the cold winter months.
He said: “All of the services are at capacity right now and looking at September figures for emergency accommodation, they are at their highest ever: 354 adults in Cork. That is the highest monthly figure I have ever seen. That is what we are focusing on, that everyone who needs a bed has somewhere to go and obviously we couldn’t do that without people’s support.”
Mr Sheehan encouraged Cork people to get involved in the charity events that will be ongoing over the next few weeks.
“People in Cork have generally been very generous and very supportive, particularly at Christmas time and we are just asking people to remember those who don’t have family and friends at Christmas and who have very little to celebrate at Christmas.
“People become a lot more conscious that trying to survive the winter is a lot more difficult when you don’t have a home.”
Mr Sheehan said there are many ways people can give back to Cork Simon this winter.
“There is a variety of ways people donate, online, through participating in events or through street collections.
“Online is probably the most popular — it is the easiest — but people do like to drop in sometimes or get involved in events.
“We have annual street day collections coming up at the end of the month, Christmas Jumper Day is coming up, there is the annual Christmas swim on Christmas day and two women’s little Christmas events.”
The West Cork Walk (November 24 in Rosscarbery Bay), the Turkey Trot (a 4km, family-fun run in Blackrock) and Christmas Jumper Days are the biggest upcoming fundraisers.
For more information, visit www.corksimon.ie.