Fundraiser launches to help Manchester homeless enjoy a hot meal at Christmas

itison, The Booth Centre and Social Bite are asking people to donate £5 to buy Christmas dinner for a homeless person in Manchester

Tomorrow, online marketing company itison are launching a major fundraising campaign with The Booth Centre and Social Bite to help Manchester’s homeless this winter.

For the third year in a row in Manchester, they’re asking people to donate £5 to buy Christmas dinner for a homeless person, or a Christmas gift for families and individuals hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis since the global pandemic means thousands of families and homeless people continue to fall through the gaps of support and are struggling.

itison, who are based in Scotland, are hoping that their £5 fundraiser in partnership with The Booth Centre will ensure that homeless people, individuals and families in Manchester can enjoy a hot meal and a gift this Christmas.

The company has been partnering with social enterprise Social Bite since 2014 to tackle homelessness and have raised over £2.6 million and donated over 500,000 meals to those who need it most.

“In Scotland we’ve come together and are genuinely on a path to eradicate homelessness – all stemming from one small idea that took off and captured people’s imaginations, we’re delighted to be bringing that to Manchester,” said Oli Norman, CEO at itison.

“Tomorrow, we need your help more than ever. No one has been harder hit by the global pandemic than the most vulnerable in our society.

“By donating £5 you’ll be making sure vulnerable families and homeless people have somewhere to go and a present to open this Christmas after what’s been an incredibly hard year.”

One hundred percent of donations made in the Manchester area will go via Social Bite to The Booth Centre, who will be providing hot meals across the city this Christmas. 

Any surplus funds raised in Manchester will go towards providing hot meals throughout 2021.

“We’re delighted to be working with The Booth Centre again to help them provide Christmas dinners across Manchester,” said Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite.

“We hope that this year especially, everyone will get behind the campaign, share it with all your friends and help the people who need it the very most this year.”  

To donate £5 to buy a Christmas dinner for a homeless person or give a Christmas gift for children, families and vulnerable individuals visit tomorrow, Thursday 10th December from 7.30am.


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