BHT has had its most successful street collection ever. The most raised in previous years was just short of £2,000 but this year the collection held on Saturday 17th December, raised £4,525.68.
A team of 60 collectors at eleven sites around the City were supported by fourteen choirs and groups of carol singers.
My PA, Shelley Reed, who was one of the organisers of the collection, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public. Few will not be moved when they see people bedded down in shop doorways. At Christmas this is particularly so. They want to do something, but a lot of people have doubts about giving money direct to the homeless person themselves.
“Through the BHT Christmas street collection, those donating help to ensure that First Base Day Centre can provide hot food, showers, and clean and dry clothes, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
“We are delighted about the amount raised and I would like to thank our collectors, the choirs and, most importantly, everyone who made donation.
“We would have liked to have top £5,000, so if there is anyone out there who wishes to donate the remaining £474.32, they can send a cheque payable to ‘Brighton Housing Trust’, to 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH.”
Can I thank Shelley, Jo Berry and Alison Boyce who organised the collection, and also add my thanks to those of Shelley to everyone who helped on the day and to all those who donated.