BOSCOMBE homelessness charity Michaels Limited are to double supporters’ Christmas donations as they take part in the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019.

Now in its 12th year, The Christmas Challenge, which launched on Tuesday December 3, will run for seven days until midday on Tuesday December 10 .

Throughout the week, charities who sign up to the campaign will see supporters’ donations matched, up to £50,000 per organisation, doubling the impact of their gifts.

Mark Horsford, Chief Executive at Michael Hosue said: “The Big Give is a great opportunity for the public to support our work with the homeless at Michael House.

“Over the last twenty years, the hostel has helped close to a 1000 men and women, including rough sleepers with dogs off the streets’.

Funds raised from the Christmas Challenge will go towards increasing the accommodation available at Michael House, so the hostel can help more people can begin rebuilding their lives.

Mark added: “Some of the money will also support creative in-house activities provided through the week to boost self-esteem and resident’s engagement with those around them.

“In addition to their award-winning Wildlife Garden, the residents of Michael House are currently working on a Community Bike Project to help other rough sleepers and vulnerable people to get 'On The Move.”

Jonathan Frank, Director of The Big Give, said: “The Christmas Challenge is a great opportunity for the British public to maximise the impact of their charitable gifts.

“Having launched on Giving Tuesday, we’re encouraging everyone to consider the causes closest to their heart and to donate, enabling us to help ensure those donations go even further.”

The Big Give matches donations through partnerships with over 20 funding Champions, including Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Four Acre Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.