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NCH staff brighten up Christmas for children in temporary accommodation this year

The children of homeless families in Nottingham are being helped to enjoy Christmas this year by the generosity of staff at Nottingham City Homes (NCH). 

NCH provides emergency and temporary accommodation for homeless families – this Christmas there will be 470 children living in temporary accommodation in Nottingham.  NCH staff have donated presents and selection boxes for every child, and NCH partners including JTF Mega Discount Warehouse, Tesco and Dukki Gifts, have also generously donated gifts.   

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at NCH, who was out delivering the gifts around the city with his team on Friday, said: “It’s been a difficult year for everyone.  Families in temporary accommodation over Christmas are among those who are really feeling the impact. NCH colleagues have worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic delivering essential services throughout, and now they’re continuing to support our most vulnerable by buying and donating gifts out of their own pockets. 

“I hope these presents brighten up children’s Christmases. I want to thank all the staff at Nottingham City Homes and our partners who have so generously supported the toy appeal.”    

Helen Brown, the Temporary Accommodation Manager at NCH, said: “I feel privileged to witness first-hand the overwhelming generosity of colleagues, local businesses, the public and partner organisations. This has been a difficult year for everyone so it’s humbling to see that we have received more donations than ever before. These presents will make such a difference to the families living in our Temporary Accommodation. Thank You to everyone who donated gifts and volunteered with the wrapping and distribution.” 

One NCH staff member, who donated a gift, said: “Times are hard for many people at the moment, but the little things make all the difference. If I can buy something that’s going to brighten up a child’s Christmas after the year we’ve all had, it’s such a simple thing to do to make that difference.”