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Staff forego gifts to help homeless

STAFF at a Shoreham firm have decided to raise money for charity, instead of doing secret Santa this year.

The Foster Care Agency, in Brighton Road, Shoreham, wanted to do something to help the homeless after hearing about other people’s efforts in the area.

Deborah McConnell, referrals co-ordinator, said: “We decided this year that rather than buying each other gifts for secret Santa, we would put the money towards a good cause instead.

“We chose to club together and raised £50, deciding to buy food for the Worthing Churches Homeless Project.”

She explained 1st Str1ke Kickboxing, based in Lancing, gave them the idea, as the club is currently collecting spare clothing for the homeless.

“We thought it was a great idea and wanted to get involved,” added Debbie.

“We asked staff at the shelter what food items would be best and so have bought drinks, crisps and biscuits to be given out to the people who use the service, after they have been in Christmas Day for their meal.”

She said they wanted to raise more awareness of homelessness in the community and hoped other businesses would get involved in some way.

The agency, set up in 2001 to provide placements with foster carers, covers the south east of London, Sussex, and Brighton and Hove.

 

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