Cambridge Aid Newsletter Issue 3

Help Cambridge Aid raise funds this year to help vulnerable local people in poverty

For more than 140 years Cambridge Aid has been helping vulnerable local people in the city and the surrounding area. All that time we’ve been quietly providing emergency grants (currently <£200) to families and individuals experiencing poverty. Our grants not only provide rapid support to pay for things like food, bedding, clothing, and white goods – they also offer people a little dignity in difficult times.
We all know this winter is going to be a very tough one for everyone – and everywhere it will be hardest on those already struggling with poverty and homelessness. Cambridge is no exception. The sad truth is that, in this well-heeled city, there are many individuals and families in Cambridge who are barely scraping by – and they are facing a bleak future.

How you can help

Cambridge Aid wants to raise an extra £150K by next April to help families and individuals in poverty. It’s a challenging target, but we’ve already raised £55K – and with the support of wonderful local people like you, we can be there for those who need us most. There are many ways to help, from donating, fundraising or just raising awareness of Cambridge Aid to friends, family, and local organisations. Anything you can do will be hugely appreciated:

  • If you’re able to donate, we would be so grateful for whatever you can spare.
  • Support our Giving Hope 2022 Appeal and start a fundraising event on Justgiving.
  • Put together a team for our forthcoming Mayor’s Charities Quiz Night event on 28 Feb 2023.
  • Donate a raffle prize for our Quiz Night to help raise extra funds.
  • If you don’t need it, consider donating your fuel allowance and we can pass it on.
  • If you are a member of a local church, temple, synagogue, or mosque – please ask if they would consider donating to Cambridge Aid this winter
  • Ask your child’s school to consider raising cash to help us pay for school uniforms for children whose families can’t afford them
  • Ask your employer to donate in lieu of Christmas cards this year.
  • Consider leaving a gift to Cambridge Aid in your Will
  • If you’d like to have an informal chat about raising funds for Cambridge Aid, please contact Shelley Gregory-Jones, Trustee (Fundraising) by contacting us at – she would love to hear from you!

Mayor’s Charities joining forces in a challenging year

Cambridge Aid and Romsey Mill both help the most vulnerable people in our community. While Cambridge Aid provides emergency grants, Romsey Mill provides long-term support, training and advice to help put people’s lives back together. As the Mayor’s two chosen charities this year, we’ve decided to work together to launch a joint Christmas campaign. Plus we’ll be holding a Quiz Night on 28 Feb 2023. You’ll be hearing more about our Mayor’s Charities Quiz Night soon – so watch this space!

Cambridge Aid is entirely volunteer-run and less than 1% of all donations is spent on admin so almost all donations go directly to the people who need help. We accept applications from more than 40 charitable organisations and local council teams and usually respond within 72 hours of receiving a grant application.

“I can’t tell you how often people have been in tears as the gesture is so poignant for them. The money will definitely make such a difference to the families this year.”  – Cambridge City Council

Donate to Cambridge Aid now!

Congratulations to our Hon. Treasurer

Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, Paul Ray, Lt Colonel John Kaye LVO DL

On 2 November, our treasurer Paul Ray was awarded a British Empire Medal at a ceremony at Great St Mary’s Church.
His award is in recognition of his many years of service to the community through Cambridge Aid and CamRowers.
Paul is pictured with Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM – His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and Lt Colonel John Kaye LVO DL.

Save the date!

We’ll be holding a Charity Quiz Night with Romsey Mill on 28 February 2023 to raise funds for both charities.



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