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. Many areas of London and the South have borne the brunt of the crisis with numerous local authorities in the North also badly affected. As many as one in 25 people are now classed as homeless in the worst-affected areas of England.

As the temperatures drop, thousands of people are waking up every day on the streets and for them the festive spirit is hard to muster, with the run up to Christmas further highlighting a difficult and uncertain future.

This is why, instead of giving Christmas gifts to our industry friends and clients this year, we’re asking you to participate in our Christmas Box Scheme alongside our colleagues, so that together we can help, albeit in a small way, some of those less fortunate than ourselves.

What is the scheme?

We’ve sent you an empty box to fill with small items that will make a huge difference to homeless men and women this Christmas. Toiletries and sweets, which may seem basic to us, can be prohibitively expensive when living hand-to-mouth on the streets, yet they can make a big difference to the way you feel. Other basic items can help keep a person warm or give them a bit of luxury they would not be able to afford themselves.


What do you need to do?

Please fill up the box with items from the list provided and a member of the TCC team will arrange to pick it up from you between the 11th and 14th December. If you fill the box sooner, simply give us a call on 0113 261 5876 or email and we’ll try to arrange an earlier collection.


Why did we develop the TCC Christmas Box Scheme?

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 2015 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.

This year we wanted to extend this initiative to a number of close industry friends and clients. Through the generosity of this widened network we hope to increase the quality and quantity of donations and help a greater number of homeless people this Christmas.


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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To find out more or to ask any questions, please get in touch with us on 0113 261 5876 or email

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