West-Yorkshire homelessness charity, Simon on the Streets has received more than £8,000 from local law firm Schofield Sweeney during its time as charity of the year.

Schofield Sweeney which has offices in Bradford, Leeds, and Huddersfield, has supported the charity since 2017 and made Simon on the Streets its annual charity partner throughout 2021, raising £8700 over the past 12 months.

The 170-strong workforce has fundraised via lockdown-friendly activities including participating in sleep-ins, plus bake sales, bike rides, payroll giving and business events including networking and sponsoring the charity’s annual golf day.

Simon on the Streets is an independent charity which offers support to homeless and vulnerable people across Bradford, Leeds, and Kirklees.
It costs the charity £13.08 to fund an outreach worker’s support for an hour meaning the funds raised by Schofield Sweeney have paid for 16 weeks’ worth of support to those on our streets.

Schofield Sweeney’s marketing manager Ann-Marie Keighley commented:
“We’re really proud to have been able to provide this much support to Simon on the Streets during a turbulent year. Despite the difficulties everyone has faced, and the fact homelessness hasn’t been as visible to much of our workforce who have been homeworking, Simon on the Streets has remained a cause close to our hearts and the people they support have not gone forgotten.”

Simon on the Streets’ CEO, Natalie Moran said: “We’re so grateful to Schofield Sweeney for once again supporting us so generously. The amount raised has funded our hardworking outreach team for an incredible four months which has allowed us to reach vulnerable people and support them to access the support they need.”

Simon on the Streets is encouraging local businesses to continue to support them throughout 2022 and is offering the chance to pay for as little as an hour of an outreach workers time at just £13.08.

Natalie continued: “We know people want to see exactly how their funds are spent. Whatever people can raise helps, for example, just £15 could give someone a phone with credit to help us stay in contact with them and remind them of their appointments.”