Charity Homes4All have pledged to carry on fundraising for their homeless bus project, also known as the Jumpstart Homeless Bus, despite their request being rejected by Labour Councillors at a meeting of Oxford City Council held yesterday (27/11/2017).
The Greens have agreed to help Homes4All publicise their crowd-funding campaign and encourage members of the public concerned at the increasing number of rough sleepers to donate to the project. LibDem Councillors joined the Greens in backing a Green motion, proposed by Cllr Simmons and Seconded by Cllr Brandt, to 'consider' a one-off contribution of £20k to support the project startup.
Donating money could not be easier. Please donate online via: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jumpstart-bus or Text one of the following to 70070 depending on the amount you want to donate: HBUS17 £1; HBUS17 £2; HBUS17 £3; HBUS17 £4; HBUS17 £5; HBUS17 £10. You can text donate a maximum of £30 per day.
Says Deborah Robson-Grey of Homes4All “ I’m heartbroken that the JumpStart bus was rejected by the Oxford City Council with no consideration or debate with the coldest winter in a decade due, lives could well be lost as a result”
Says Green Councillor Craig Simmons who proposed the motion, "This is an exciting and cost-effective way of supporting a section of the homeless community that can't easily access the Council's existing support services. It is extremely disappointing that Labour voted it down without any real justification for doing so."
Homes4All: Deborah Robson-Grey 07500818957 / Kym-Marie Cleasby 07798832911
Green Party: Cllr Craig Simmons 0773 980 3047
Homes4All are a project of Wash My Pink Jumper registered charity number: 1151109