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Local Escape Room supports BHT

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A new game called The Divide has been launched by Pier Pressure Escape Rooms, a local company who are donating 10% of the booking fees from this game to BHT.

Originally created by TimeTrap Escape Rooms in Reading, The Divide aims to highlight the unequal distribution of wealth within an escape room environment.

Phil Harris, the co-owner of Pier Pressure, said:

There’s a big homelessness issue in Brighton and so having this game that can help raise awareness fits in really well here.

The escape room is divided into two halves, contrasting an opulent domestic apartment with one inhabited by a less fortunate family. The aim of the game is to work between the two halves, with the various puzzles highlighting the disparity between the two settings. This week a few members of BHT staff went to trial the game.

Andy Winter, CEO of BHT said:

There were 178 people sleeping on the streets of Brighton and Hove at the last official count. The support of the Escape Rooms is of huge importance to our ability to support those people living on the streets. Through First Base Day Centre we are able to provide those basic facilities that most of us take for granted, such as toilets, showers, clean and dry clothes, hot drinks and a meal.

The Divide game designers were interviewed on BHT Bites, BHT’s weekly podcast where they discussed the game and how it originated in Reading.

The Divide is now open to the public and tickets can be booked via Pier Pressure’s website here.


BHT Launches 2018 Christmas Appeal

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BHT has launched its 2018 Christmas Appeal with a disturbing and hard hitting video in which nine year old Milly speaks of her future as a homeless teenager.

The video can be viewed here. It was made for BHT, without charge, by Hove-based film production company Big Egg Films.

BHT needs to raise £35,000 this Christmas in order to provide its services at First Base Day Centre over Christmas and throughout the coming year.

Over the last year First Base worked with 1,113 clients, 1,089 of whom were rough sleepers. Through the support at First Base, 222 people were helped into accommodation.

If you support First Base today with a donation of £30, this will fund a personal care package. Each client will receive:

• A warm welcome
• Hot meals daily, including a delicious Christmas dinner
• A chance to shower, freshen up and get clean clothes
• Laundry facilities
• Medical treatment, optician and podiatrist
• Expert help with mental health and addiction problems
• Advice on housing, employment and benefits

You can give someone the gift of a better future this Christmas.

BHT’s chief executive, Andy Winter, said:

I cannot praise Adam Sheldon and his colleagues from Big Egg Films more highly for our 2018 Appeal video. For the second year running they have donated their expertise and time to produce the most amazing film. Thanks also to Benfield Primary School who loaned us the venue and six of their students, and CMT Performance Coaching performance arts school in Worthing, and the ‘teacher’, Grace Church from Stumble Trip Theatre. And finally, special thanks to the star of the film, Lola Berry, who played the part of Millie.

Donations to BHT’s Better Future Christmas Campaign can be made online , by text by sending BASE05 £10 (or any other amount) to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Brighton Housing Trust’ to Andy Winter, BHT, 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH.


BHT Bites Meets The Old Market

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The Old Market (TOM) are fundraising for BHT throughout December and January at their upcoming performance of The Animals and Children Took to the Streets.

This is the second year that the theatre has supported BHT in which audience members are able to give a donation at the end of each show. The money raised will fund the essential running costs of First Base Day Centre which provides food, hot showers and vital support services to get rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove into a place they can call home.

Mark Gordon, Marketing Manager at TOM said:

We are delighted to once again be fundraising for BHT. The show will be running from 19 December – 12 January so we are hoping to raise as much as possible throughout this time to help rough sleepers in our city this winter

This week Mark was interviewed on the BHT podcast, BHT Bites, about the show. You can listen to the podcast here.

This is a fantastic opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for First Base, which not only provides some of life’s essentials for rough sleepers but also on-site healthcare and support to find work. We are thrilled to be partnering with TOM once again for what will be a stunning show for all the family

Jo Berry, Head of Fundraising, PR and Marketing at BHT

Tickets for The Animals and Children Took to the Streets can be purchased here.

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