The Passage receives funding from Julia and Hans Rausing as part of winter initiative supporting the hungry and vulnerable this Christmas

  • £660,000 given to charities providing support and shelter to homeless people this winter
  • The Passage is one of 60 charities being funded

The Passage is very grateful to have received vital funding from Julia and Hans Rausing who have given over £1 million to charities across the country this Christmas, providing support in particular to homeless charities and those in need over the winter.

In total, 60 charities will receive donations, with £660,000 going to The Passage, Glass Door and St Martin-in-the-fields, to support homeless people through the difficult winter months.

Mick Clarke, Chief Executive at the Passage, commented: “As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Passage has been needed more than ever by those on the streets. Our priority this winter is to ensure that people are rapidly supported off the streets, as temperatures continue to drop, and into safe accommodation where they can be provided with the ongoing support that they need to start rebuilding their lives. That support also includes helping people access employment; providing a route from street to employment to home. The Passage is about lasting change, and helping people home for good; this approach is needed now more than ever as the economic impacts of covid 19 begin to be felt.

“We are very grateful to the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust for their continued support and funding which will really strengthen our efforts during these more challenging winter months.”

Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “For many this festive period will be even more difficult given the financial impact the pandemic has had across the country. We are grateful these charities are able to support the vulnerable on our streets, as well as those alone and in need.”

This year, Julia and Hans Rausing have donated over £35 million to organisations and charities, as the sector has been devastated by reduced funding and increased demand for their services as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In July, it launched the Charity Survival Fund, which provided grants to 329 small and medium sized charities totalling £18 million pounds to help fill the loss of funding due to Covid-19.

About The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Since its formation, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 600 grants totalling more than £250 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: Health and Wellbeing; Welfare and Education; and Arts and Culture.

The Trust exists to realise the philanthropy of Julia and Hans Rausing.