Brighton homeless charity launches Christmas appeal to raise £35,000

The boss of a Brighton homeless charity has urged the public to 'give someone the gift of a better future this Christmas'.

The Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has launched its annual Christmas appeal featuring a hard-hitting video in which nine-year-old Millie speaks of her future as a homeless teenager.

The charity is hoping to raise £35,000 to provide its services at First Base Day Centre service over Christmas and throughout the coming year.

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Over the last year First Base worked with 1,113 people, 1,089 of whom were rough sleepers. Through the support at First Base, 222 people were helped into accommodation.

Lola Berry plays the part of Millie in the Brighton Housing Trust Christmas campaign video

Lola Berry plays the part of Millie in the Brighton Housing Trust Christmas campaign video

Andy Winter, BHT’s chief executive, said: “You can give someone the gift of a better future this Christmas.

“A £30 donation will mean that each client will receive a warm welcome, hot meals including a delicious Christmas dinner, a chance to shower, freshen up and get clean clothes.

“We will be able to continue to provide laundry facilities, and facilitate the provision of medical treatment, optician and podiatrist services, as well as providing expert help with mental health and addiction problems, and advice on housing, employment and benefits.

“We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Brighton and Hove and beyond our borders. £35,000 is the minimum we need but if we were able to secure more, we would be able to have an even greater impact."

Filming Brighton Housing Trust's Christmas campaign video

Filming Brighton Housing Trust's Christmas campaign video

He praised Hove-based film production company Big Egg Films, which produced the campaign video for BHT free of charge.

“I cannot praise Adam Sheldon and his colleagues from Big Egg Films more highly for our 2018 Appeal video," Mr Winter said. "For the second year running they have donated their expertise and time to produce the most amazing film.

“Thanks also to Benfield Primary School who loaned us the venue and six of their students, and CMT Performance Coaching performance arts school in Worthing, and the ‘teacher’, Grace Church from Stumble Trip Theatre.

“And finally, special thanks to the star of the film, Lola Berry, who played the part of Millie.”

To donate to BHT’s Better Future Christmas Campaign, visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/bhtbetterfuture or text 70070 with BASE05 £10, or any other amount.