As we move through the chilly winter months and edge ever closer to Christmas and New Year, keeping warm is something most of us take for granted. But, for the many men and women sleeping rough on the streets of Yorkshire, it’s a different story. Last week, legendary Leeds store Accent Clothing teamed up with luxury outdoor fashion brand Nobis to help tackle this problem head on with a charity coat drive event.
The response was incredible, with over 400 warm winter coats donated to Accent, which were distributed to the homeless by local charity Simon on the Streets. On top of that, over £1300 was raised selling raffle tickets with some incredible prizes handed out on the night.
The evening was attended by over 200 guests, including 2018 Apprentice winner and fashion entrepreneur Sian Gabbidon. Leeds United player’s Tyler Roberts and Barry Douglas also showed their support, as did featherweight boxing champion and local lad Josh Warrington. The three sporting heroes also helped announce the raffle winners.
Entertainment was provided by PBR Streetgang DJ Tom Thorpe, whilst Slingsby’s Gin and Dollhouse handed out complimentary drinks. Male guests were also treated to free haircuts by Barber B from Piranha Hair Studios, whilst ladies were offered makeovers by Dickeybow Boutique.
Top raffle prizes on the night included a winter coat from the Nobis 2020 winter collection, donated by the company founder, Robin Yates. The businessman was also present on the evening and gave away Nobis scarves to the first 100 people that brought along wardrobe items for the coat drive.
2019 has been a special year for Simon on the Streets, as they celebrated their 20th birthday. Their work across Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield has had an immensely positive impact on Yorkshire’s rough sleepers since they began back in 1999.
The charity provides both practical and emotional support for the homeless and in particular those with issues related to sleeping rough. Simon on the Streets CEO, Eric Richardson, had this to say after the event:
“Christmas is known as a magical time of year but for those on the streets it can be particularly difficult, so we really appreciate the support from Accent Clothing and Nobis through their fundraising event. We’d also like to thank the guests who attended and helped collect hundreds of coats for those in need.”
If you’d like to make a Christmas donation to Simon on the Streets, you can do so online by heading to www.justgiving.com/simononthestreets/Donate. Any amount, whether big or small, is appreciated and goes towards turning lives around.