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Play the lottery in support of HARP

HARP is Southend’s homeless charity, helping over 1,000 people every year who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide essential services like food, clothing and washing facilities, as well as emergency and long-term supported housing. By playing make a smile lottery for HARP, you will be helping more local people overcome homelessness for good.

Thanks to you

more funds can be raised to help reach our target of £50,000 for HARP via the lottery.

  • Target £50,000
  • £708 raised so far!


Fundraising Ideas During Lockdown

Over the last ten weeks, the world has changed dramatically with fundraising events and normal life coming to a grinding halt. This has left many charities feeling lost and struggling to gain donations whilst trying to keep their services running for many patients and their families. The lockdown has left many feeling thankful for the […]

An Introduction to Our Charity Partners – Part 1

If you keep up to date with make a smile lottery on social media, you may have noticed a few weeks ago we gave you a brief introduction to some of our incredible charity partners. On this week’s blog, we are giving a more in-depth insight into who our partners are and what they do […]

Why Local Charities Need Your Support

Despite everything around us feeling like it has come to a grinding halt, local charities are working harder than ever before to ensure they are able to keep their doors open to their visitors and patients during the pandemic. A lot of volunteers are unable to work which means organisations who heavily rely on voluntary […]

How You Can Still Support Your Chosen Charity During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is becoming deeply concerning for the UK as well as globally. Despite the UK being heavily restricted, charities remain open to deliver their care and support to hundreds of families. Due to being partly funded, they need your support now more than ever. Many local charities have had to cancel their fundraising […]

HARP Leads Homeless Health Research

We are pleased to announce that we are leading a detailed research project aimed at improving the health of local homeless people, which will contribute towards a national survey of homeless health needs. Together with partners Storehouse, 57 West, The Salvation Army, STARS, Trust Links, Southend Adult Community College, Off The Streets and Southend Churches Winter […]

Rough sleeping may be down, but homelessness is far from solved

Our Chief Executive, Jackie Bliss, shares her thoughts on the latest rough sleeper figures announced by central government on Thursday 31st January 2019.  Whilst it was encouraging to see the number of rough sleepers counted in Southend last November drop by 85%, compared with the estimated 72 the year before, I feel it’s important that people […]

What are people saying about HARP

“My life now, compared to what it was like – I feel like a millionaire. HARP literally saved my life”

Matthew, former HARP service user

“If I didn’t come to HARP, I’d probably be dead now. If I had been on the streets long term, I wouldn’t have survived many cold nights with my illness”

David, HARP service user

HARP Registered Charity Number: 1098126