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SIFA Fireside receives £22k from Birmingham’s Irish Community from 2022
Via Robb for SIFA Fireside
January 2023: SIFA Fireside, Birmingham’s homeless charity, recently received a £22,000 donation from the annual fundraiser organised by prominent supporters from Birmingham’s Irish community.
The group have been long-time supporters of SIFA Fireside, with the members regularly dropping down donations of daily essentials such as tea, coffee and socks to SIFA Fireside’s Drop-In Centre. The group have also announced the date of 9th December 2023 for their next fundraiser, with the ambition of raised their biggest amount yet: £30k.
Once again, Carole Scanlon provided the food for the event as well as Scanlon’s Bar and Club (on Spring Road in Acock’s Green), as the venue. BBC CWR presenter, Bob Brolly (MBE), also volunteered his services as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The event featured a raffle with prizes made up of generous donations from Carters of Moseley restaurant, Punks and Chancers and Norton’s Irish Bar. Prizes also included a ferry crossing provided by Marie McCarthy from Irish Ferries and a skip from ISL Waste Management, as well as a signed Jack Grealish football shirt.
Melissa Roche, Head of Fundraising, Communications and Volunteering at SIFA Fireside commented:
It’s another amazing achievement by the group who seem to be going from strength to strength every single year. £22k will have a huge impact on the lives of homeless and vulnerably housed people in Birmingham and with the cost of living crisis affecting our clients, this couldn’t have come at a better time.“
The Irish community is synonymous with being generous and throughout all of this support, the spirit of our founder Sister Sabina lives on through them.”
The funds received will help SIFA Fireside to keep the doors open at the Digbeth drop-in centre, where homeless and vulnerably housed people can access Prevention, Crisis and Recovery services. These include supporting clients with housing applications, ongoing tenancy advice and improving employability prospects.
SIFA Fireside’s Drop-In Centre also ensures that essential daily needs are met by providing showers, clean clothes, food parcels and hot meals. To find out more about SIFA Fireside, including how you can support, visit sifafireside.co.uk/about-us.