The comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand has lent her support to The Salvation Army's Big Collection fundraising campaign, taking place this month.
The Big Collection raises money to support people in need. Every year Salvation Army volunteers and members go door to door or stand on the high street to collect cash donations to support the charity's social and community work.
One hundred per cent of all donations to the Big Collection will directly support the Salvation Army's social work to help people in communities across the UK. This includes supporting men, women and families who are homeless; running care homes and day care centres for older people; reuniting long lost families through our Family Tracing Service and providing a place of safety for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and emergency assistance to adults, families, children, young people and those who may otherwise be excluded and forgotten by society. Jo says:
"Yes, the Big Collection begins Now! September will see the Army's Major Campaign to ensure funds are mustered to support the ever increasing number of people and families really at their lowest point. The Big Collection can only succeed with your help, so please - Dig Deep!
Thanks, Jo Brand
Lieut-Colonel Marion Drew says: ‘This has been a particularly hard year for many people in London. The Salvation Army has supported those who have lost their job and don’t know where to turn to next, those who have lost their home and ended up on the street, those who are older and desperately lonely, and those fragile families and individuals who are struggling to get by in real poverty and can’t afford the basics like food for the table. This is why the role of The Salvation Army is more important than ever.
A BIG thank you to Jo and members of the public for their support, we simply couldn't do the work we do without the generous help of the public.’
All collectors will be carrying a permit, which can be produced on request, and will only ask for cash donations in Salvation Army donation envelopes or a sealed Salvation Army collection tin. Donations can also be made to The Big Collection by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.uk/bigcollection