2nd December, 2014
Taking stock for city's homeless
A local company is proving to be a real winter warmer for Brighton’s homeless.
Rutters Stocktakers, based in The Dip in Hollingdean, Brighton, is asking people to carry out a little stock take of their own, and dig out some unwanted clothes to help those who don’t have a warm home to go to.
Pic - John Rutter, Managing Director
Throughout December the office, at 11 Hollingbury Place, will act as a collection point for winter clothing, which will then be distributed via the Emmaus charity.
Director Jon Rutter said: "Working in the pub industry we see people enjoying themselves, particularly at this time of year, which is in stark contrast to those who don’t have a home to go to. When some local residents asked if we could help a Clothes for Christmas campaign we decided to go one better and use our spare office space as a collection point.”
Clothes should ideally be warm, clean and wearable but items that can’t be handed out to the homeless may be sold by Emmaus to raise money for appropriate causes.
Jon added: “We know a lot of people will be out and about near us for Hollingdean’s Lucky Dip Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 6 so we hope they will use the opportunity to drop some clothing in.”
Emmaus Brighton and Hove offers accommodation to 48 formerly homeless men and women and works with homeless organisations across the city, as well as supporting the soup kitchen on the seafront.
Emmaus business manager Joel Lewis said: “We’re grateful for this support and will be happy to receive any unwanted clothing. We are hoping we will be able to supply warm, winter-wear to some of the other homeless projects that we work with in the city. Unsuitable clothing will be sold on to raise funds for our community and anything not fit for reuse can be sold on for rag.”
For further information please contact Claire Byrd on 07516 224436.