University brings a warmer winter to local charities

"The donations of coats is now more than enough for us to support the homeless people that we are working with."

Jane Turner, Brighter Futures Fundraising Manager

Nursing students and the University Chaplain, Mick Williams, have been working hard to gather donations of coats and blankets for homeless people in the area.

Donations of coats and socks flooded in from across the University's campuses and van loads were delivered to homeless charities Brighter Futures in Stoke-on-Trent and House of Bread in Stafford.

There was also collection on behalf of Brighter Futures, at the University's Christmas Carol Service. The University have matched the amount raised by guests at the service and the grand total is now £500.

Jane Turner, Brighter Futures Fundraising Manager, said: "The donations of coats is now more than enough for us to support the homeless people that we are working with.

"The Rough Sleepers team is partially funded by the City Council, but we still have to raise £20,000 a year to keep the service going.

"Our outreach workers get to know the people on the streets and understand what has led them to become homeless. The donations we receive are vital and we are grateful to everyone at Staffordshire University."

This year's campaign aims to raise some vital funds for the charity, which provides support to those who require extra help to live independent and fulfilled lives. Their customers are people whose life chances including their health, employability and social skills have been limited.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes said, “Although sending Christmas cards is a lovely tradition, I hope using this money to directly help people in our local community will become a new tradition and I am proud that the University is supporting Brighter Futures in this way.”