Bloor Homes is calling on people to donate their unwanted warm coats, shoes, sleeping bags and duvets to help the homeless keep warm this winter

An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK

Bloor Homes South Midlands is calling on people to donate their unwanted warm coats, shoes, sleeping bags and pillows to help the homeless keep warm this winter.

Collection points have been set up at sales centres at the national house-builder’s new housing developments, including Hanslope Fields in Hanslope, Cranfield Park, Cranfield, Ampthill Chase, Ampthill and St Andrews Park, Biggleswade.

Donations from these developments will be taken to Winter Night ShelterMK, a Milton Keynes based charity working to improve the lives of those affected by poverty or homelessness.

Jack Costello, sales director at Bloor Homes South Midlands, said:

“We’re urging people to do something a little different this December and help someone who really needs it this Christmas.

“As a responsible house-builder, we are always keen to help the local communities where we build and this year we are proud to be supporting local homeless charities who provide essential support to those living in poverty or without a home.

“Christmas is a time for giving and sharing and we hope that local people take advantage of our collection points to drop off any unwanted coats, shoes, thermals, waterproofs, pillows, sleeping bags, old duvets etc. so we can help these charities continue their great work and help even more people stay warm this winter.”

Donations will be taken to:

  • Northampton Hope Centre
  • Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes 
  • Aylesbury Homeless Action Group
  • Homeless Oxfordshire

Sam Hall from Winter Night Shelter MK said:

“We would like to thank Bloor Homes for their support. The winter is particularly challenging for homeless people and those living in poverty, with many people struggling to stay warm as the temperatures drop.

“We rely on the kind donations from individuals and local businesses like Bloor Homes in order to provide support to those in need.

“The practical items donations most useful to us at the moment would be pillows in good clean condition and good spec cold weather sleeping bags. We are also extremely grateful for any financial donations at this time.”

An estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK, with over 4,000 people bedding down on the streets each night.

Donations can be taken to the following Bloor Homes’ sales centres, which are open daily from 10am to 5pm. Donations should be made by Wednesday 18th December.

Cranfield Park, Mill Road, Cranfield, MK43 0JG

Ampthill Chase, Abbey Lane, Ampthill, MK45 2FX

St Andrews Park, Gale Drive, Biggleswade, SG18 0JG

Donations can also be made via Winter Night Shelter MK’s Amazon wish list.