Friends of Doorway

Friends of Doorway is a group of volunteers who are passionate about raising awareness of the vital work done by Doorway and about raising much-needed funds.

The Friends are responsible for running some of Doorway’s most important fundraising events, such as the Spring Fair which last year raised over £3000.  In 2018 we raised over £13,000 at the SleepOut and a further £1700 from street collections.

The Doorway SleepOut 2020

Every other year Doorway holds its most important fundraising event…….the SleepOut. The next one will take place on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 7pm in the churchyard of St Andrews Church in Chippenham. Last time we managed to raise an amazing £13,000, and this time we’re aiming even higher. So do join us on the night to help raise valuable funds for our drop-ins and to get a better idea of what it’s actually like to sleep rough. You can donate via our VirginMoneyGiving page, just search for the event under the Doorway page.

Marc Allum of the Antiques Roadshow will read us a bedtime story and we’ll be serving drinks in the evening and bacon butties in the morning from 6am,  St John Ambulance will be on hand all night in case they’re needed, and although you’ll be safe you will feel cold and tired and you’ll be very grateful for your bed on Sunday!

Anyone over 10 years old can join in (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult), and registration ahead of the event is essential. The registration form can be downloaded here and the information sheet here. For more information please contact the office on 01249 445385.

We could not keep providing our much needed services to homeless and vulnerably housed people in Wiltshire if it weren’t for the generosity of the public, so thank you.

Our organising committee is very small – just 5 people at the moment. Just think how much more we could have raised with more people on board!

We love working together and with the local groups and businesses who want to give Doorway their support.  Our aim is always to keep the FUN in FUNdraising!

Want to get involved?

Friends of Doorway is always looking for new members who can offer time and energy to help us raise £10,000 in the coming year. Please send us an email if you’re interested, to info@doorwayproject.org.uk.

We need:

  • People who have imaginative PR and fundraising ideas and the energy to put them into action. Time commitment = 1-2 days a month.
  • People who can spare a couple of hours occasionally to help with a street or supermarket collection in one of the 5 towns of north Wiltshire. We could raise up to £2,000 a year if we had more helpers.
  • Supporters to organise events involving friends and neighbours or colleagues at work or at school.