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Together at Christmas biggest yet

Bankside and You Success Story + News
1800 gifts collected for homeless people in Southwark

“I wanted to email to THANK YOU and all at Better Bankside for the amazing Christmas presents which arrived this morning. They look fantastic!”

The presents “make a massive difference to our Christmas celebrations.”

“Please pass on our thanks to all who contributed”

Over 600 homeless people in Southwark night shelters or temporary housing will receive a beautifully wrapped gift this winter, thanks to the generous Banksiders who contributed gifts and time to our Together at Christmas campaign.

1800 gifts were parcelled up and put on santa’s sleigh (powered by Zipcar for Business!) and delivered to St Mungo’s shelters, the Robes Project, the Manna Centre, Manor Place women’s shelter, Gateway Foyer shelter for under 21 year olds, and Look Ahead shelters on Southwark Bridge Road, New Kent Road, David Barker house and Grange Road. Elderly residents in Hopton’s Almshouses and Lucy Brown House will also receive a festive gift.

In a whirl of festive good cheer, over 50 volunteers spared an hour or two to wrap gifts, and 32 companies hosted collection boxes in Bankside – more than ever before.

“We really enjoyed it” - “fantastically organised” - “feels good to do something for other people at Christmas” 

A huge thank you to all the businesses and employee teams who contributed. They will be invited to receive the Bankside Community Star accreditation as proof of their care in the community.

Would you like to be involved next year? Register your interest with lp [at] betterbankside.co.uk (Liz. )

Despite Christmas being over, it’s still very cold on the streets. You can continue to support our homeless neighbours by joining in with January’s Wooly Hat Fundraising Day or donate to one of our local shelters here: The Manna Centre, The Robes Project or St Mungo’s hostels.

Dec 16 2013