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

Staff at the Exeter Foyer in Commercial Road 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 Exeter 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 Debbie Brimacombe. “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 city centre, the 36-room Exeter 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 Exeter Foyer at Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AD up until 24 December. Contact the Foyer on 01392 499222 for more details.