Christmas can be a lonely time for some in Bankside and surrounding areas, so we encouraged local businesses to get involved in our annual festive appeal to help make a difference to the lives of local homeless, vulnerable and elderly people.
This year, 98 Bankside businesses have hosted Together at Christmas collection boxes, encouraging their employees to donate gifts of new warm clothing, toiletries and festive food, while 160 volunteers have helped to wrap presents. Over 10,000 items have been donated, meaning 2,013 people will receive gift parcels – our most successful Together at Christmas campaign since the project began eleven years ago.
Among the 30 charities, community groups and projects being supported are St Mungo’s, Look Ahead, Blackfriars Settlement, The Manna Society, Robes Project, and Lucy Brown House. Zipvan has kindly provided its support to help Better Bankside collect and deliver donations.
Due to the overwhelming generosity of Bankside businesses and those working in the area, we have been able to make additional donations of toiletries, clothing and food items, including to the Red Box Project, Look Ahead’s Manor Place hostel for women, St Mungo’s Recovery College, The Salvation Army, and St George the Martyr's food bank.
It’s not too late to contribute to the campaign and make a difference to homeless people in the local area. Donate to St Mungo's Great Guildford Street hostel and other services it runs in Southwark that help homeless people rebuild their lives.