Sheffield tenants raise funds for vulnerable families

TARAs in Sheffield donate cash to buy children in temporary accommodation presents at Christmas

TARAs in Sheffield donate cash to buy children in temporary accommodation presents at Christmas

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Vulnerable families living in temporary housing have been given a boost thanks to big-hearted members of resident groups.

Sheffield’s tenants and residents associations raised £2,200 so every child staying in Sheffield Council accommodation for people fleeing domestic violence and others who have found themselves homeless – could have a gift over the festive period.

Food hampers and toiletries for 100 adults were also handed out thanks to the money, which was boosted by a donation from council contractor Kier Services.

Mum Charlene Thompson and her daughters Faith and Ellie were among those to benefit.

She said: “Initiatives like the gifts donations are so important.

“It’s meant my girls won’t miss out this year when they’re too young to understand why they wouldn’t have got presents.

“Due to circumstances outside of my control I found myself and my two daughters homeless.

“Nine weeks ago I arrived at Howden House with nothing.

“I’m so thankful to everyone in the service who have helped me get through the last nine weeks.

“Staff have been fantastic, they’ve supported me and my children and I’m looking forward to a fresh start in January when we can move into my new home.

“I have gained a lot more confidence and now feel more positive about the future.”

Children were given their gifts in a Santa’s Grotto to make it more special.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for housing at the council, praised TARAs, local communities and Kier for their generosity.

He added: “This overwhelming donation meant not only were the families provided with gifts and essentials, but they were also given an additional gift for their child to be given on Christmas Day.

“The grotto was such an exciting experience for the children.”