The Brighton Housing Trust Christmas Appeal for their First Based Day Centre has almost reached its target of £20,000, and the homelessness charity is confident that a few more donations will be received during January.
The homeless charity who combat homelessness and challenge the cause of homelessness have hit 98% of their target, with 223 donation made online raising £9080 while a further £10,460 was raised through various events, street collections and cheques sent to the charity.
The Trust’s services are needed throughout the year, and they have to raise £100,000 each year just to keep First Base open so further donations can be made via their Just Giving campaign.
Appeal organiser, Jo Berry, said: “As always, we are delighted by the generosity of members of the public. Without their ongoing support it would be very difficult for BHT to continue to provide the services does for the men and women living on the streets.
“But it is not just at Christmas that we need support. Our services are needed throughout the year, and we have to raise £100,000 each year to keep First Base going. It is unimaginable what would happen if First Base was not able to continue to provide its services.
“We were delighted that a number of supporters, rather than making a one-off donation, have taken out standing orders, making regular donations for our work.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who continues to support our work. If anyone would like to take out a standing order, they can do it by downloading the form at www.bht.org.uk or by contacting me either at 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH or on 01273 645497.”
First Base offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in Brighton and Hove, including food, showers, clean and dry clothes, and support to get off the streets. First Base also provides opportunities for work experience and learning as well as a range of services, in partnership with other agencies, including dentistry, podiatry, nursing interventions, mental health advice and support, and accommodation and relocation services.