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LOOKSY … nitenite cityhotel supports Birmingham Christmas Shelter with donation of bed mattresses

The Birmingham based nitenite cityhotel has launched a campaign to help the Birmingham Christmas Shelter raise enough money to buy new bed mattresses as the charity expects an increase in users this year.

The charity for homeless people is anticipating a higher demand for their services this year due to the 11% increase nationally in families applying for homelessness assistance and a threefold increase in people visiting food banks.

The Shelter, which was previously known as Birmingham Open Christmas, has been operating for over 30 years.

Liz Holmes, the HR Manager for nitenite cityhotel Birmingham, is a volunteer at the shelter and has launched a campaign to help raise the funds to buy the mattresses needed.  To kick start the campaign nitenite has donated the money to buy the first instalment of mattresses, whilst the team continue to raise the rest of the money needed.

General Manager of nitenite, Lee Alibone, said:  “We recently set up the ‘nitenite in the community’ project to allow us to get more involved with local charity work, so when we heard about the challenges the shelter was facing we were keen to show our support.

“The Christmas Shelter has been helping people for over 30 years and there are a number of people who will be depending on the charity this year, making it vital the shelter has these extra resources.”

One of the Trustees, Steve Johal, said: “We have experienced a sharp increase of service users over the last few years and have come to the point where we require more mattresses for this Christmas as we expect more guests to attend our shelter this year.  We would like to thank nitenite for providing us with the extra mattresses to help provide a better Christmas for our guests.”

“The shelter provides food, warmth, shelter and friendship to the homeless and lonely of Birmingham over Christmas, regardless of colour, race, religion or sex.  We provide an essential 24 hour service during Christmas week when many other facilities are closed.  We welcome around 100 guests per day and provide 3 hot meals, continuous hot drinks and sandwiches, haircuts, chiropody, dentist, clothing, entertainment and a safe place to sleep.  We depend entirely on donations and our volunteers.”

Birmingham Christmas Shelter opens at 10am on 23 December with food and accommodation on offer around the clock until 10am on 28 December.

About 400 volunteers, over 16,500 volunteer hours, will help look after over 100 people per day over the week, serving over 3000 meals [3150 meals served last year] in total at the St George’s Community Hub in the Newtown area of the city.

Guests come from all over the Midlands and some as far as London to use the services of the Shelter.

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