first base christmas appeal

Together we can give the gift of a positive future to homeless people


First Base Christmas Appeal

Together we can give the gift of a positive future to homeless people

This winter many people will be bedding down on our cold streets. When the temperature drops, this can be life-threatening for someone who is homeless.

However, First Base is open throughout the year and all over the festive season, providing food, warmth and comfort to those who need it most. A donation of £30 will provide a personal care package to someone who is homeless this Christmas, helping them to make a new start in the new year. 

Watch our Christmas Appeal video 2019, kindly donated to BHT from Big Egg Films.

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Your £30 donation will provide:

A warm welcome

on arrival at First Base

Hot meals

and refreshments along with a Christmas meal

A hot shower

with free toiletries and clean, warm clothes

A locker

to safely secure personal belongings

Health Checks

from partners such as doctors & dentists


and tailored support plans

Volunteer with us this Christmas

We are looking for volunteers for our annual Christmas collection, taking place Saturday 21 December, 11am - 2pm across various sites in Brighton & Hove. Find out more how you can get involved.

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Real Life Stories


Around half those sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove have a local connection. Others come to Brighton for many reasons: the image of the city that has attracted many of us, perhaps a happy childhood memory of visiting the seaside, or because of its reputation for tolerance and acceptance (for example drugs and the acceptance of LGBT people).

Very, very rarely does someone say that they came to Brighton because of the services for homeless people. Unfortunately, when people arrive in the city without a plan, without social networks, or without considerable financial resources, they can find themselves on the streets.

Michael is a 63 year old man who came to First Base in November 2017. He was new to Brighton and had become homeless after the break-up of his marriage and losing his job. He had moved to Brighton as he thought it would be a more tolerant place.


Neil started sleeping rough around two years ago. He was suffering from physical and mental health problems that had been exacerbated by life on the streets.

When he first started coming to First Base, Neil was sleeping under Brighton’s Palace Pier. After sleeping out all night, he looked forward to the chance to get warm and have a shower, put on clean clothes, and have a hot meal. More importantly, he was able to get support and advice to help him find a way out of rough sleeping.

First Base supported Neil to access temporary accommodation but after a serious deterioration in his mental health he was admitted to hospital. While he was in hospital Neil lost his accommodation and, on discharge, he returned to rough sleeping

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Our supporters are at the heart of BHT's work and your kind donations make a huge difference.
To find out what you can expect as a BHT supporter, read our Fundraising Promise.