Friday 4 November – Hats on for Bristol and Bath’s homeless people

‘Sherlock’ actor Martin Freeman is calling on the businesses of Bristol and Bath to hunt out hilarious hats and wear them on Friday 4 November to raise funds for St Mungo’s.

The national homeless charity has centres on Jamaica St in Bristol and Weston Village in Bath which provide healthcare advice and support for homeless men and women.

Martin Freeman, who is back on our screens this autumn in a second series of the hit drama, is joined by TV comedian Ed Byrne in supporting St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day.

Woolly Hat Day is about having fun and fundraising with marvellous millinery – team up a topper with your little black dress or dig out the bobble hat your grandma knitted you last Christmas – you decide!

Make Woolly Hat Day a major fundraiser at work by holding an office hat party; make that dull suit more colourful by donning a bobble hat or beret, or just donate £3 for the privilege of forgetting fashion for a day.

St Mungo’s opens doors for homeless people across London and the South, providing emergency shelter, supporting people in their recovery and helping prevent rough sleeping and homelessness.

The Compass Centre also hosts services including healthcare and mental health support, employment and training opportunities and a café for homeless people. St Mungo’s began managing the Centre and services in 2009.

Mulberry House and Mews in Weston village provides supported accommodation for 13 people with mental health needs, some of whom may have experienced homelessness. Residents are also given support to recover from alcohol and substance use issues and rebuild their lives. Access to education, training and employment opportunities is also provided as well as the chance to get involved in structured, meaningful activities such as gardening and cooking.

Martin Freeman says:

“Homelessness should be completely unacceptable in the UK. Show your support for homeless people and the work of St Mungo’s by putting your hat on and passing it around to raise some cash for Woolly Hat Day.”

For more information and ideas:

·         Go to St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day page

·         Download a fundraising pack

·         Follow on Twitter @WoollyHatDay

·         Check out the Woolly Hat Day Facebook page