Employees at Brighton-based travel tech business 15below will fundraise for Brighton Housing Trust over the next two years after choosing it as their new charity partner.
The company’s 100-plus team in Brighton and their colleagues in Lithuania and Australia recently concluded a two-year charity partnership with mental health charity Mind in which they raised £10,000.
The team at 15below, which develops industry-leading passenger communications solutions for airlines, overwhelmingly chose Brighton Housing Trust from a shortlist of local charities as the good cause they wish to support in 2019 and 2020.
Brighton Housing Trust aims to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the city. It has worked with 1,089 rough sleepers in the last year and successfully helped 222 people into accommodation.
Nicholas Key, Chief Executive Officer at 15below, said: “We’re all extremely proud to have raised £10,000 for Mind over the last two years. This involved holding our annual 24-hour Gameathon, a very successful charity raffle at our summer party, Christmas jumper days, bake sales and much more.
“Now it’s time for our fantastic team to once again be imaginative and dedicated in their fundraising efforts for a new cause. Brighton Housing Trust is a vital organisation that offers critical services to people in desperate need.
“Being based in central Brighton, we don’t have to venture far to see first-hand the devastating consequences of homelessness. I’m proud our team has chosen this fantastic charity to support over the next two years.
“We know that every penny we raise will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in Brighton and help them to repair their lives.”
Lauren Ellis, Fundraising Manager at Brighton Housing Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen as 15Below’s charity partner. Our aim is to support those who are vulnerably housed or rough sleeping through tough times, help them get back on to their feet and give them the tools to make long-lasting positive changes in their lives.
"Last year our rough sleepers centre, First Base, helped 222 people to move off the streets and into accommodation. This would not be possible without the amazing support we receive from companies such as 15Below.”
As well as working to get people off the streets, Brighton Housing Trust provides specialist care to the 80% of rough sleepers who suffer from a mental illness and many more who are trying to overcome an addition.