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Leicestershire firms help homeless this Christmas

Leicestershire and Rutland business members of Leicestershire Cares are helping the homeless this Christmas by donating starter packs to help them sleep, cook, eat and keep clean their next home.

Basics including bedding, crockery, cutlery and toiletries will be made up into packs, along with cuddly toys and night lights to help children feel safe and snug.

The starter packs will be distributed by seven charities and organisations for people and families to use in their kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms as they settle into refuges, hostels and new homes.

A total of 28 employers from across the two counties are taking part in Leicestershire Cares’ 19th annual Collect for Christmas Appeal, with their workers invited to donate items or raise money which will be used to buy the starter packs.

Leicestershire Cares community development coordinator Raheema Caratella said:

“Designed to meet some very basic needs, these starter packs will help individuals and families settle into their new accommodation and help make houses into homes.

“Every pack will help to make a fundamental difference to the quality of people’s lives. They will worry less about what they will sleep on that night or how they will cook a meal and instead start focusing on a positive future. Without this practical support, many people may become isolated and disheartened in their new home and may be at risk of becoming homeless again.”

The seven organisations distributing the packs are One Roof Leicester, Leicester City of Sanctuary, The Bridge, Zinthiya Trust, Border House, The Dawn Centre and Help the Homeless Leicester.

Salma Ravat, manager of One Roof Leicester, said:

“The Leicestershire Cares Collect 4 Christmas campaign will have a huge impact on the people we support. The food and toiletry items will be gratefully received by our residents who have very little or no income.”

Firms already signed up include Alltruck, Caterpillar, Cummins Employment Solicitors, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, Pochin, Samworth, Stepnell and Sytner Group.

Since 2000 more than £270,000 worth of gifts and cash has been donated for a wide range of charities in Leicester and the two counties. Last Christmas more than 3,100 toys were collected and distributed by Toys on the Table to children across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Firms are being encouraged to tweet about their Collect for Christmas activity by using the hashtag #Collect4Christmas

Photo: Hinckley & Rugby Building Society staff with their donations to Collect for Christmas

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