Eight second-year Teesside University students are currently running a three-week campaign, hoping to raise as many donations as possible for local charity A Way Out.
Based in Stockton-on-Tees, A Way Out was founded in 2002 and has, in their own words, been aiming to bring ‘love, hope and freedom’ to those at risk, including women, children, and families.
The charity covers a wide range of struggles, helping service users with problems such as addiction, self-harm, and exploitation.
On the 27th of November, the students will hold an event in the University’s Students’ Union collecting Christmas food with longevity, selection boxes, toiletries, toys. Cash donation buckets will also be available on the day.
Alternatively, monetary donations can be made through Virgin Money Giving: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/AWayOutThisChristmas
The campaign will focus strongly on helping the charity over what is undoubtedly set to be a busy time for the charity.
With just over a month until Christmas, Anita Burke, General Manger of A Way Out, described the period as a “special time” for the charity.
“We want to be able to create a family atmosphere because a lot of the people we work with don’t usually get to benefit from that family Christmas that many of us experience.
“So, we try and have a Christmas celebration where each one of our clients will receive a gift.
“Whether that be a selection box, a toiletries gift, jewellery, a piece of clothing, just that very simple thing lets them know that people in the area are aware of their plight.”
If you want to find out more about the charity, please visit: https://www.awayout.co.uk/