Two young girls support Marah by sleeping out overnight

Two amazing young girls, Jenny Sampson and Lola Halliwell slept out overnight recently to experience what it was like to sleep on the street. They slept outside of their school , Gastrells primary school, and decided to only eat what people gave them.

This took a lot of courage for two 11 year olds and we at Marah are very grateful to them.

They raised awareness of the plight of homeless people and they also collected a huge box of food which was given to them by passers by.

They came to the drop in recently and presented the box to volunteer and trustee , Jackie Natt.

All the food has since been passed on to the clients who come to Marah.

Thank you Jenny and Lola (and Mum, Fiona) . You are all amazing and we at Marah are very grateful!!

Receiving the gifts
Jenny & Lola

Stroud News and Journal 31st May 2019

ONE hundred people have signed up to a campaign to provide a meal a month to homeless people and those in need in Stroud.

A year ago, the Marah Trust, which provides free hot meals three days a week, set itself a target of finding 100 people to be regular donors. The Marah team and its supporters gathered in St Laurence Church in Stroud this week to mark the occasion of that milestone figure being met, and to set a new one. One of those who has backed the campaign is Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston:

He said: "A year ago I came along to one of the Marah sessions at the scout hut and helped to launch the appeal to get one hundred donors giving a minimum of £3 a month. "And it's really good news, we're at that target now, which is really brilliant."

Please see link to the article by Matt Airey in the Stroud News & Journal.

Stroud News and Journal 2nd May 2018

Many, many thanks to Staff Sergeant Steve Merchant and his team: Sam, Des and Gautam from 50 Squadron 29 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps for cooking a brilliant barbecue for Marah's guests at our Drop-In on Wednesday 2nd May.

The food was superb, and the army team provided a friendly welcome to our guests. Over 80 meals were served, and everyone agreed it was a great drop-in session. We hope to work together again, and very much appreciate the care and hard work of Sgt Steve's team feeding and helping those in need who come to Marah.

Please see link to the excellent article by Alex Clark in the Stroud News & Journal which also made page 2 of the paper edition.

Thanks to Sgt Steve and Alex for taking the photos for the Facebook page.

Marah Drop-In 28th April

A big thank you goes out to the Jamaica Inn Kitchen for providing and cooking fantastic food at the Marah Drop-In on Saturday 28th April.

Everyone really enjoyed the food and we thank Derrick from Jamaica Inn for supporting Marah in this way and thinking of the people in need who come to us. 55 people attended on the day, and 90 delicious meals were served (including seconds and takeaways).

Check out Jamaica Inn Kitchen on their facebook page.

Please spread the word that Marah is still aiming to sign up 100 people to donate £3 per month. We have signed up over 40 people since September 2017.

Stroud News and Journal 29th August

Marah Trust has raised more than £100 at its 100 Friends meet and greet fundraising event in the grounds of St Laurence Church.

A free drop-in service is run three times a week by the Stroud-based Christian charitable organisation the Marah Trust.

Volunteers offer a free hot meal with no questions asked and give rough sleepers a welcoming place to meet and socialise.

From its hub at the Stroud Valley Scouting & Community Centre in Chapel Street, they work with people on the margins of society, those who are excluded from the everyday, positive experiences of life due to their circumstances.

29 Aug 2017 / Matt Bass

The full article can be found here: Article.

Stroud News and Journal

Volunteers at the Marah Trust helping to keep Stroud homeless people fed and sheltered

11 Apr 2017 / Jamie Wiseman

The full article can be found here: Article.

Homelessness and an example of Marah’s work

The aim of the sleep-out was to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise funds for the Marah Trust, who support vulnerable and socially excluded people in Stroud.

More details can be found here: Flyer, Press Release.

You can make a donation via our Cardboard City Virgin Giving site. You do not need to register to use this site or make your donation. All your donation is passed on to Marah and Virgin Giving also administer Gift Aid for us.

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