Lincoln Cathedral has donated more than £20,000 to YMCA Lincolnshire to support its work with those who find themselves homeless and vulnerable in the city.
The money comes from The St Giles Hospital charity, an historic trust fund which was created following a bequest, and of which the Cathedral is trustee. It was established to ‘relieve either generally or individually men resident in the District of Lincoln who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.’
Lincoln Cathedral is fortunate to receive bequests and legacies from many individuals and organisations. While some of these are unrestricted and can fund the most pressing needs to the Cathedral and community, others come with stipulations on how the money may be spent.
Because of the restrictions on how this particular fund can be used, Lincoln Cathedral has struggled in recent years to effectively spend the money in the way in which it was intended. As a result, the decision was made to wind up the charity and transfer the funds to YMCA Lincolnshire to support their work with those who find themselves homeless and vulnerable in Lincolnshire.
The Very Revd Christine Wilson, said that she is delighted that the Cathedral is able to practically assist the work of YMCA Lincolnshire and the Nomad Centre in this way. “YMCA Lincolnshire provides vital support and services to people who find themselves in the most challenging of situations and we are pleased to be able to continue to support their vital work with this donation.
“Through the expertise, compassion and dedication of all their staff, YMCA Lincolnshire is the ideal organisation to ensure that this money can be used in the most effective way, to help the greatest number of people and that it will continue to be used in the way in which the original charity intended.”
Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive of YMCA Lincolnshire said, “Lincoln Cathedral has been a valued partner of YMCA Lincolnshire for many years, assisting our work practically, financially and spiritually to help those experiencing homelessness and those who are most vulnerable in our local community. Through this generous donation we will be able to help even more people who are at desperate times in their lives”
YMCA Lincolnshire, provides emergency access accommodation in the form of the Nomad Centre – the only direct access night shelter service in Lincolnshire. Its aim is to help those with the greatest need move forward with their lives by working with them to gain access to appropriate health care and other support services, and crucially, suitable accommodation. It provides shelter to adults aged 18 and over in the form of a bed in en-suite accommodation, laundry, three meals a day, and a safe and supportive environment.