Firms play Santa to young homeless in Sunderland

Alison York and Jasmine Hewitt from youth homelessness charity Centrepoint with Craig Harris from Nightingales North.
Alison York and Jasmine Hewitt from youth homelessness charity Centrepoint with Craig Harris from Nightingales North.
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YOUNG homeless people in Sunderland have been given a helping hand over the festive season.

Businesses in Sunderland Bizspace, in Liberty Way, collected non-perishable food which was then distributed by the Centrepoint charity.

Craig Harris, of Nightingales nursing agency, helped to get the collection going.

“As a local healthcare provider I am pleased to help such a worthy cause,” he said. “We will continue to do so on a monthly basis.”

Centrepoint helps 8,400 young people nationally, of which about 800 are in the north.

Jennifer Tennant, the charity’s head of housing and support for the region, said: “We are very grateful to Bizspace and Nightingales for their support.

“Eating healthily on a small budget is a difficult task for anyone.

“For homeless young people with little experience of managing money it can be a real struggle.

“A key part of our work is teaching young people to shop efficiently and cook healthily.

“Donations such as this one are very useful in ensuring young people we work with in Sunderland have a varied diet and are not going hungry.”

Bizspace sales manager Julie Dixon supported the collection.

“We aim to ensure all of our Bizspace sites have a real community feel,” she said.

“It is very important to us to help those in our community that are less fortunate than ourselves.

“We were delighted to be able to help Centrepoint by donating goods for young homeless people at Christmas.”