An appeal led by a Nescot tutor has resulted in almost 200 boxes full of Christmas presents being donated to homeless young people.
Lisa Charles, section leader for Hair and Beauty at the college, organised the appeal in support of housing charity Centrepoint.
People donated 182 shoeboxes full of useful items and gifts, ranging from warm winter clothes to food and small treats, and wrapped them in Christmas paper.
“I’m really glad we managed to collect so many boxes, and I’m really grateful to everyone who donated or helped out,” Lisa said.
“The items in the boxes were small and inexpensive, but they’ll help a homeless young person stay warm through the winter, or have something to eat.
“More than anything else, though, we hope the gifts will show the young people that there are people who care about them and what they’re going through.”
Most people donated wrapped boxes full of gifts, while others gave items including hats, gloves, scarves and socks, chocolates, biscuits and sweets and toiletries.
Other people sourced boxes and Christmas wrapping paper, and Hair and Beauty students helped box and wrap the additional donations ready for them to be taken to Centrepoint on Tuesday (December 8).
“The whole college is glad to have supported such an important cause,” said Kathryn Stephen, Head of Creative Industries at Nescot.
“We’re especially proud of Lisa for putting so much time and energy into organising the appeal and doing so much to help vulnerable homeless people.”