Clothing gift for charity to help young runaways

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Desperate youngsters who have turned to a South Yorkshire charity for refuge will be kept warm this winter - after receiving new clothing thanks to a Christmas appeal.

Safe At Last, which is based in Dinnington and helps young runaways, has been given £300 by Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance through its 12 Days of Christmas campaign, alongside The Star.

The cash will be used to buy clothing including hats, T-shirts and jumpers for young people who stay in the Safe At Last children’s refuge, the only one of its kind in the country.

Tracy Haycox, director of children and young people’s services at the organisation, said: “This kind donation will enable us to buy clothing for young people who stay in our children’s refuge.

“Often, when young people come to us, they have only the items of clothing they are wearing, so £300 will allow us to buy a selection of clothing so we can give children the essential items they so desperately need.”

Safe At Last provides a range of services, including the only refuge in England for children 16 and under.

The 12 Days of Christmas campaign offers young people across the region the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are being awarded to 12 of the most deserving individuals or organisations across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire who are in need of funding.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal last month, and now the 12 recipients are being revealed every day in The Star.

Shirley Kilner, who founded the good cause in memory of her late husband, the Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner, said: “The money will mean the charity can invest in a selection of clothing for boys and girls in different sizes to have available to them when they are desperately in need.

“Safe At Last is a fantastic charity and the only organisation offering this level of support for young people at risk through running away.

“We are delighted to be supporting them.”

Email 12daysofchristmas@helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk to support the charity.

n See tomorrow’s Star for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.