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Key funds raised in £10k boost for Birmingham youth homelessness charity


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Key funds raised in £10k boost for Birmingham youth homelessness charity

£10,000 has been raised for Birmingham-based youth homelessness charity, St Basils. The funds were donated by St Joseph, with the property company’s staff rising to the 10/10/10 challenge of travelling more than 10 million steps in 10 days.

St Joseph’s staff took on the challenge – clocking up over 3,798 miles and raising money for the charity which works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the West Midlands.

The donation is set to be used by St Basils to accommodate and provide trusted support to those most vulnerable in the West Midlands.

Established in 1972, St Basils helps 5,000 young people per year – housing over 1,200  vulnerable young people between April 2020 – March 2021 across its 40 supported accommodation schemes.

Jean Templeton, chief executive at St Basils, said:

We are incredibly grateful to St Joseph’s staff team who have put so much personal effort into raising funds for St Basils. This is way beyond the extra mile, literally! Young people tell us that being cared about is really important. Colleagues at St Joseph have really demonstrated how much they care about keeping young people safe and ensuring their lives are not blighted by homelessness. Thank you to every one of you. It means a lot!”

Ashley Kensington, managing director at St Joseph, said:

“St Joseph shares St Basils’ commitment to supporting young people. The charity provides vital services in the West Midlands, preventing and combatting youth homelessness, while helping many young people to regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives.

“I’m proud of the St Joseph staff who united for the 10/10/10 challenge. Some colleagues have travelled over 200 miles with everyone playing their part by walking, cycling or running to raise funds for charity.”

The £10,000 raised includes match funding from the Berkeley Foundation – an independent charitable foundation set up by the Berkeley Group.

Press release from Story Comms

Photo: L-R – Ashley Kensington, Richard Ayers (St Joseph) and Sian Dhillon (St Basils)