AS MOST of us look forward to the festive season, the charity Stonepillow continues to support and improve the lives of homeless people in the Chichester and Arun districts.
A big part of Stonepillow’s seasonal effort is its annual Christmas Shoe Box appeal, through which every homeless client receives a gift box made up of donated goodies.
This year the charity has asked for warm clothes, books, chocolate and toiletries, which will be boxed-up and presented after a Christmas lunch, provided by volunteer cooks, at Stonepillow’s day hub in Chichester.
Speaking of the help Stonepillow will give homeless people over the holiday period, CEO Sylvie Johnston said: “Christmas can be especially difficult for rough sleepers as they cope with increasingly harsh weather, as well as the profound loneliness resulting from often having nowhere to go at the most festive time of year.”
A touching aspect of the 2014 appeal is the wrapping paper, which is provided by Bill Strohacker, owner of the Strohacker Studio, in The Hornet.
“It’s been a very humbling experience to have the opportunity to work at the day hub in Chichester,” he said.
“It’s very easy to take material possessions such as our homes for granted, and it’s been an honour to work with Stonepillow clients to help to share their creative visions.”
The new year will see the launch of the Lodge, Stonepillow’s new project.
The single-storey building is under construction alongside the St Joseph’s night refuge, in Hunston Road, with completion due by February.
It will provide accommodation for homeless adults discharged from St Richard’s Hospital.