Thanks to generous Brummies who got behind the Birmingham Mail's #HomeatChristmas campaign, we have enough items to provide 200 homeless young people with a starter pack to help ease the process of moving on. This is way more than our expectations for this campaign so we want to say a huge thank you to the Birmingham Mail and to everyone who has supported the campaign either finanicially or through purchasing or donating household items for young people.
We had some big names get involved in the campaign as well including Birmingham City Football Club who visited our emergency accommodation scheme Milner Court on Wednesday 9th December to drop off some donations.
As well as the Birmingham Mail we would like to thank Dixons for providing drop-off points (at their branches) across the city through-out the campaign, as well as Wilko for offering huge discounts and West Midlands Haulage and Hire who donated the use of their van to transport some of the donations.
Head of Fundraising Barrie Hodge said: "The target has been more than doubled. The response has been fantastic".
Jean Templeton Chief Executive of St Basils said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity the Birmingham Mail's readers, the team at the Mail and the businesses who have supported #HomeatChristmas. I have always known what generous people Brummies are but this surpasses anything I could have imagined. It is extremely humbling to see the result of this campaign and it fills me full of hope that not only were we the first City to commit to work together to End Youth Homelessness but this is proof of how we can in fact achieve that aim.
Young people tell us that, knowing they are ‘cared about’, makes such a difference to them, to their confidence and self-esteem. The individual and collective acts of kindness the Mail's readers is the biggest affirmation that they are indeed cared about in this City.
Thank you so much Birmingham Mail for initiating this campaign and for using your position and resources to make such a difference for so many. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all your readers for helping us ensure that so many young people will be able to make a new home in 2016!".