Better Bankside spreads holiday cheer with 2,500 Christmas gifts donated to vulnerable adults
This year our Together at Christmas collection has completely outstripped previous years with 2500 gifts donated, wrapped and delivered to over 800 people supported by 14 local charities! The Together at Christmas appeal is now in its eighth year, and aims to provide gifts to local charities for the homeless and vulnerably housed within the local area who may otherwise not receive a Christmas present.
We are overwhelmed with the public response to this year’s Together at Christmas campaign and are so pleased to make a difference in so many lives this Christmas. Each and every gift donated makes a real difference to the lives of the homeless and vulnerably housed who may not receive a present otherwise, and we’re very thankful to those that donated a gift to our appeal.
"It’s wonderful to see true Christmas spirit. At this time of year the media is full of images of happy families settling down for Christmas cheer while for many the reality can be quite different. This gifts will go a long way to showing that people do care for others and make Christmas day more bearable", Jamie Hickling, Manager at St Mungo’s Broadway.
The gifts have now been donated to a series of local charities, including Lucy Brown House, the Manna Centre and Look Ahead Manor Place benefitting hundreds of local people. Thank you to Zipcar for Business for supporting us in our delivery of all of the gifts!
Together at Christmas 2014 could not have happened without the support of staff at the 41 local businesses who hosted gift collection boxes, to members of the public who donated to our public collection points and to all of those fantastic gift wrapping elves!
The gifts were donated to the following charities:
- David Barker House
- Grange Road
- Grange Road: St Mungo's semi-independent living
- Hopton Gardens
- Look Ahead Care & Support - Manor Place
- Look Ahead Care & Support - New Kent Road
- Look Ahead Care & Support - Southwark Bridge Road
- Look Ahead Care and Support – Gateway Foyer
- Look Ahead Southwark Move On:
- Look Ahead Southwark Step Down:
- Lucy Brown House
- Robes Project
- St Mungo's Recovery College
- The Manna Society