Nescot’s Hair and Beauty team has launched a campaign to support homeless young people this Christmas.
The tutors are asking staff and students to purchase small, inexpensive items that someone living on the street in the cold weather could use to help stay clean, fed or warm.
The items, such as a stick of deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste and a pair of socks, can then be placed in a shoebox, wrapped in Christmas paper and given to the team to donate to Centrepoint.
“The things we’re asking for are cheap, and a lot of people have an empty shoebox at home and some spare wrapping paper,” said Hair and Beauty Section Leader Lisa Charles, who is leading the appeal.
“Even small items could make a huge difference to a vulnerable young person at a time of year that can be lonelier and more isolating than many of us could ever imagine.”
Suggested items include: stick deodorant (not aerosol), baby wipes, socks, a hat, a scarf, gloves, a book or magazine, a toothbrush and toothpaste, dry shampoo and sanitary towels or tampons.
Small Christmas gifts could include a book or magazine, chocolate or sweets, and food that has a long sell-by date and does not require cutlery.
Donations can be given to the Hairdressing or Reception teams by December 4.