£9,000 has been raised and over £5,000 worth of donations gifted to vulnerable people in the North-East by Barratt Homes.

Barratt Homes has made an outstanding contribution to our Reverse Advent Calendar Christmas appeal last year, with a whopping £9,000 in funds raised and a further estimated £5,500 worth of gifts, food, warm clothing and toys donated.

These gifts and donations were distributed across our many North East based projects, which support vulnerable people who have experienced issues such as homelessness, domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

Many of the people accessing our services were unable to spend Christmas with their families, and otherwise would not have received a Christmas gift or dinner, so these donations have made an amazing impact on the people we support.

As part of Barratt Homes ongoing commitment to support local charities and communities across the North East, the housebuilder was keen to support Changing Lives and vulnerable people in the local community.

Carl Sobolewski, Managing Director at Barratt Developments North East, commented: “We were so moved by the wonderful work that the volunteers at Changing Lives do to help vulnerable people across the region, that we were delighted to be able to support this campaign. It is brilliant to see everyone coming together to support an amazing cause and I’d like to personally thank our employees, customers and contractors for their support on this fantastic initiative. Each and every item will be greatly appreciated, and we hope that our support will help to spread festive cheer this Christmas.”

Within the initiative, donation drop-off stations were set up at every Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes development within the North East region over the festive period. As well as this, the housebuilder also requested for its business partners and suppliers to make a donation to the charity, instead of a Christmas gift this year. Employees, local residents, contractors and suppliers were encouraged to donate gifts.

In addition to the Christmas gifts and monetary donations, Barrat’s also donated 100 Moving Packs containing items such as cups, tea towels, tea, coffee and cleaning items. These have been quickly snapped up and provided to people we are supporting into their own homes after experiencing homelessness.

These donations have been very well received by our projects and the people we support, and for many have made their Christmas.

Alice Fisher, Fundraising and Events Officer at Changing Lives, commented: “We’re so grateful for each and every donation that we have received. We are amazed at how much Barratt Developments has managed to raise in such a short space of time, as well as the hundreds of boxes of gifts that they collected, and we’d like to thank everyone who got involved this festive period. Every single donation will truly help to make Christmas special for the people that we support.”

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