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A gift worth giving this Christmas

15/12/17

Instead of giving Christmas gifts to our industry friends and clients this year, we’ve asked them to participate in our Christmas Box Scheme alongside our colleagues, so that together we can help, albeit in a small way, some of the growing number of homeless in London and Leeds. Combined, we’ve managed to send around 40 boxes full of much needed items to two charities in the cities.

Christmas is a time for happiness, family and friends, but for the men and women living on the streets of Leeds and London, this time of year can be particularly hard. Levels of homelessness have risen dramatically over the last decade, with a recent study carried out by housing charity, Shelter, estimating there to be at least 300,000 people in Britain now homeless – equivalent to a city the size of Newcastle.

Concerned at the growing numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets of Leeds and London, our colleagues wanted to do something meaningful beyond traditional financial handouts. In 2016 we engaged with a local Leeds homeless charity, St. George’s Crypt, located just around the corner from one of TCC’s Leeds offices to find out how we could help.

What initially started off as a couple of bake sales to raise funds for the charity, last year culminated in the Christmas Box Scheme, where participating colleagues donated items to two local homeless charities St. George’s Crypt (Leeds) and Rhythms of Life (London). The initiative was a great success and we were able to generate a number of boxes full of useful items from our colleagues in our Leeds and London offices. Colleagues really enjoyed giving items that they knew promoted the mental health and wellbeing of the many homeless people we see on the streets every day whilst also supporting two invaluable local charities.

“It has been a pleasure to be involved with this very worthwhile cause” said David Moland from industry friend Arbuthnot Latham, whose colleagues donated an enormous, and very generous, 17 boxes!

Through the generosity of this year’s widened network we are pleased to say we have been really successful in increasing the quality and quantity of donations to help a greater number of homeless people this Christmas. And we hope to do even better next year!

We received all your wonderful and very generous donations today. A big thank you from Rhythms of Life to all those that donated

— Carmela at Rhythms of Life

About the charities:

Rhythms of Life (London)

Rhythms of Life aims to provide healthy and nutritious meals as well as toiletries, clothing and sleeping bags to London’s homeless. Every night, 365 days a year, the amazing volunteers of Rhythms of Life pave the streets of London providing a friendly ear and services to those in need.

Founded by a former rough sleeper, Rhythms of Life has been helping the homeless for almost 10 years. They have formed partnerships with supermarkets and food outlets to gather donated food to help feed the homeless. They also engage with local businesses and communities for volunteers and donations.

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St. George’s Crypt (Leeds)

Founded in 1930 in response to the increased homelessness and destitution caused by the Depression, St. George’s Crypt has helped thousands of people at the lowest ebb of their lives. Nearly 90 years on, the Crypt opens its doors to not only the homeless, but also the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction.

Their support includes helping those living on the streets of Leeds into accommodation and enabling people to make positive choices in their lifestyle by accessing employment and freedom from addiction. They do all this by engaging with local communities and creating effective partnerships across the city.

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