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Christmas Match Fund from Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF)

Oxfordshire Community Foundation

OCF are offering to match all new donations to OxPAT during the period from 10 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. If you are a standard rate taxpayer, £50 donated to OxPAT in that period will be worth £112.50 to a homeless person in Oxford, because we can claim back £12.50 as Gift Aid, and OCF will match the donated £50 with £50 of their own.

The city of Oxford has one of the most severe homelessness and rough sleeping problems in the UK. We know that on any one night, there are around 100 people sleeping rough in the city, and many more individuals and families in precarious accommodation such as bedsits, friends’ sofas or hostels. The disturbing sight of people sleeping on the streets is just the tip of the iceberg – and we believe we can do better.

OxPAT has been working in the city for over 20 years, offering an alternative to giving money directly to people on the streets. Funds raised are mainly shared between nine key homelessness charities doing vital work with vulnerable people in the city. The beneficiary charities are listed at www.oxpat.org/what_we_do.html.

Giving in this way has a greater impact than making direct cash gifts to individuals: it empowers leading charities with expertise in the complex issues that drive homelessness. They are then equipped to provide support with physical and mental health issues, access to benefits and accommodation, workplace skills and much more, bringing about lasting improvements.

You can donate directly now by clicking on our CAF Donate Now button (above), and for other ways to donate, please visit www.oxpat.org/donate_now.html.

All the money raised this way will benefit a homeless, or vulnerably housed, person in Oxfordshire this winter. The money will be distributed by OxPAT's core partners who are listed at www.oxpat.org/what_we_do.html.

OCF is committed to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, and providing a match fund is their festive gift to the city, when they know people would like to be generous. After Christmas, OCF will continue to use their funds to support leading homelessness initiatives and partnerships in Oxford, in particular the
City Conversation on Rough Sleeping
, of which OCF is a founding partner.

Please share this opportunity far and wide and encourage your friends and colleagues to give now and double the donation.

Note: OCF will match donations to OxPAT made between 10 December 2018 and 6 January 2019 up to £50,000.