Kate Day, aged 17 from St Edmunds School, Canterbury has been involved in the school Rotaract club raising funds and collecting items for local charities, which included being part of a group helping at Catching Lives.
Last Autumn, Kate, having seen the plight of the homeless and refugees in media broadcasts was concerned about the onset of Winter and decided to design a poster called ‘Warmth for Winter’ to raise awareness and asked St Edmunds School to help promote her idea.
Kate and her mum picked up over 100 items including coats, clothing and blankets thanks to the generosity of St Edmunds’ parents.
Kate decided to share the items and was able to benefit two local community charities; ‘Pilgrims Hospice’ raising awareness of cancer care, as well as ‘Catching Lives’ raising awareness of the homeless.
Just before Christmas, Kate delivered the many bags to our daycentre on Station Road East
“Inspired by the friendly response we received at the centre we decided to sign up for volunteering, and after helping other volunteers in the kitchen make dinner, it was clear just a small amount of help was much appreciated by the charity, and how welcome a hot meal was to the homeless clients, something we just take for granted on a daily basis. I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope our positive experience inspires others to donate or to help volunteer” – Kate