Festive cheer for city's homeless children

By on 11/12/2014 in Cllr Cotton, News

L to R - Marrel Singleton, Jayne Field and Wendy Ashley from JLT, Cllr John Cotton, Sarah Yorke and Richard Welch from Birmingham's Homeless Centres

Children living in Birmingham’s Homeless Centres will enjoy some festive cheer this year thanks to staff at the city council and local city-based insurance firms.

Christmas parties will be held for around 100 children currently living in the city’s four centres and Birmingham City Council has worked closely with insurance companies JLT, Baker Tilly, AXA and Wilkes Partnership to make sure every youngster has a present to open on Christmas Day.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Christmas should be a special time for all children, but sadly some families will be spending the festive season in a Homeless Centre.

“Often, the children are without toys and because of circumstances, unable to return to their schools, see their friends and share in the Christmas celebrations.

“But thanks to the generosity of Council staff and local insurance companies, they will be enjoying some Christmas fun this year.

“There will be presents, parties and I’m also told there might be a visit from a certain white-bearded, red-coated person!â€

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For more media information contact Debbie Harrison on 303 4476

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