Blankets and sleeping bags for Bristol homeless

Blankets and sleeping bags for Bristol homeless

Staff at Redcliffe Homes’ head office in Chipping Sodbury have clubbed together to ensure continuing night-time warmth for Bristol’s homeless after the Christmas shelters close, by donating 10 new sleeping bags and a dozen army-surplus-quality blankets to the charity Caring at Christmas.

Receptionist Emma Duncan and customer service manager Karen Wicks said they were delighted by the generosity of their colleagues who not only donated cash for the sleeping bags and blankets, but gave six large boxes of food items and a further £250 to the charity Caring At Christmas.

Emma said: “One of my friends volunteered at the Caring At Christmas Shelter last year, and it inspired us at Redcliffe Homes to try and identify a really practical way to help those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year.”

Karen said: “The charity’s organisers told us blankets are rarely donated nowadays, because people tend not to have second-hand ones to pass on, but they’re so useful for homeless people, as are the sleeping bags of course.”

The colleagues installed a large collection box wrapped in festive paper in the foyer of their offices which, during the course of December, was refilled numerous times with non-perishable food items for use in the charity’s kitchens.  

Generous Redcliffe staff also gave the money to buy the new sleeping bags and blankets, as well as a cash injection for the Christmas shelter.

The Caring At Christmas shelter provides homeless people with warm and safe accommodation in Bristol over the Christmas period.  It is open from 3pm on Christmas Eve, all the way through until New Year’s Day, offering over 50 beds and serving around 300 hot meals per day, as well as a range of other health and counselling services and entertainments.

Redcliffe Homes is an award-winning, independent housebuilding company that specialises in creating desirable homes in some of the most sought-after locations throughout the South West and Wales.

Posted by Thyme Morris