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People experiencing homelessness in Birmingham get a Christmas Day to remember thanks to company and its kind-hearted workers

Representatives from Story Contracting hand over a cheque for Christmas day dinner to Crisis Skylight Birmingham

People experiencing homelessness in Birmingham will enjoy a Christmas Day to remember thanks to a donation from caring workers.

Around 120 people experiencing homelessness or sleeping rough are expected at a special festive day organised and run by Crisis Skylight Birmingham.

Infrastructure company Story Contracting and its staff, together with strategic partners FJD Construction and FJD Consulting, handed over a cheque for £900 to help make the big day happen.

They’ve also funded a lunch for one of the charity’s well-being days when a range of activities are on offer to those looking for help with their mental health.

Skylight co-ordinator Molly Luke said the support of businesses was invaluable.

She said: “We owe a huge, huge thank you to Story for this donation, it is very much appreciated.

“We will use it to make sure that everyone has a special day. We send minibuses out in the morning to pick up those coming and give them a good breakfast when they arrive. There’ll be activities, a film room, arts and crafts and then, of course, it’s the big Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

“Before we drop off our guests they are each given a goodie bag with everyday essentials such as soap, towels and other toiletries. This will be our fourth Christmas Day celebration and without support like this it just wouldn’t happen.”

Earlier this year Story Contracting opened an office in Caroline Street, Birmingham, to help it deliver rail improvement projects across the Midlands and further South for Network Rail.

CEO Jason Butterworth said: “Christmas can be a joyful time of year for most of us but for those who are struggling or having a difficult time, it can be extremely challenging – especially to be without a home during the bitterly cold winter months.

“As a business, Story Contracting endeavours to be a good neighbour and we understand the importance of taking the time to give something back to the communities of which we are a part.

“We are proud to support vital charities and to see first-hand the positive impacts they have. Providing care for those who are less fortunate and bringing them some much-needed hope this winter is something Story is passionate about supporting.”