Abingdon Foyer appeals for £5 gift cards to help homeless and vulnerable young people over Christmas

Staff at the Abingdon Foyer in The Square are appealing to members of the community to donate £5 gift cards or vouchers from stores such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Boots, to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable young people living at the project this Christmas.

Operated by social and supported housing provider Stonewater, the Abingdon Foyer houses local young people aged between 16 and 25 years who often arrive with very few personal possessions, many having run away from desperate and bleak situations.

“Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time of year for young people separated from their family and a home, and with very little material comforts,” says Foyer Manager Gill Wilsker. “A £5 gift card to spend on a food treat, warm clothing, toiletries or a DVD, can really make a difference and help to bring a little happiness and Christmas cheer to their lives during the festive season.”

Located in the town centre at 8 The Square, the Abingdon Foyer provides accommodation, training and support to young people in the local area with the aim of helping them to eventually live independently. Foyer staff work throughout the Christmas season to provide a Christmas meal for residents and to ensure that they have the support they need to make it through what can be a challenging time of year for many.

Gift card donations can be dropped off at the Abingdon Foyer at 8 The Square, Abingdon, OX14 5FT up until 24 December. Call the Foyer on 01235 856911 for more details.