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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.


Brighton Dome Christmas Singalong

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The Big Christmas Singalong! Thursday 13th Dec, 7.30pm, Brighton Dome, ticket price £15 (£12 concessions) 

The Choir with No Name’s Big Christmas Singalong! is the highlight of the Brighton Christmas calendar, with audience members coming back year after year to join in with a host of festive favourites, from ‘White Christmas to ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and everything in between. This year the charity will be joined by the brand new Brighton choir, which will take to the legendary Dome stage for the first time.

The Choir with No Name Brighton, run in partnership with BHT, opened its doors in August this year, and is already 30 members strong and growing. They rehearse every Monday at One Church in the city centre, and each rehearsal is followed by a hot meal together cooked by a team of volunteers. Members, who are largely from the homeless and recovery community, are offered an opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and grow in confidence, all though the power of singing together in a safe, non-judgmental space.

Andy Winter, CEO BHT said:

“We are thrilled to be running our own CWNN Brighton, having admired the work of CWNN for many years. The membership numbers of the choir are growing every week and the feedback from choir members and volunteers has been so positive and uplifting. I can’t wait to hear our choir sing at the Big Christmas Singalong at the Brighton Dome; I know they will make us all feel immensely humble and proud”.

Choir with No Name HQ:

“Our choirs provide a platform for members to sing their hearts out among good friends – a hugely effective way of building confidence and general wellbeing, enabling members to re-establish their place in the world and move away from homelessness long term. Our Big Christmas singalong is the highlight of the year for so many of our members, offering them the chance associate Christmas with something positive, around a time of year that can be extremely tough for homeless and marginalised people.”

Tickets are available from Brighton Dome

Proceeds and donations from the night will support The Choir with No Name and BHT

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