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East Midlands Chamber teams up with Help the Homeless Leicester to back Sox & Box campaign

East Midlands Chamber is supporting Help the Homeless Leicester by encouraging businesses to take part in the charity’s Sox & Box campaign.

Organisations and individuals can donate new socks and boxer shorts, which will then be handed out to service users.

Help the Homeless Leicester, which helps homeless people to transform their lives and has the ultimate aim of eradicating rough sleeping in the city, will make collections from business premises on certain dates in May but people can also arrange their own deliveries.

Founder Arif Voraji said: “We are delighted as an East Midlands Chamber member to be working together on this campaign.

“We provide so many services to people and this campaign will really help people that need our support.

“Please donate what you can and make sure you upload your pictures onto social media, tag us in and use the hashtag #SoxAndBox. We thank everyone so much for their kind support.”

Help the Homeless Leicester founder Arif Voraji

Lucy Robinson, East Midlands Chamber’s director of resources, added: “Arif and the team at Help the Homeless Leicester provide vital services to people who really need it after falling on hard times.

“For us to all to be able to give a little back and support this organisation is brilliant. We hope that with the support of our members, the wider business community and individual people, we can really make a difference.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of us to get involved and support this amazing charity.”

What is Help the Homeless Leicester?

Help the Homeless Leicester is one of three charities being supported by East Midlands Chamber throughout 2021 after being chosen by president Eileen Richards MBE, alongside Chesterfield Samaritans and Nottinghamshire Hospice.

The organisation, set up by Arif in 2018, supports homeless people from all walks of life – rough sleepers, people being evicted from their homes and prisoners released to no fixed address – to find accommodation by working with Leicester City Council.

The majority of its referrals come via professional services or organisations. It also helps anyone struggling with white or material goods, as well as delivering food parcels to people’s doorsteps every Wednesday.

Businesses can support the charity by joining its 2020 Club. It costs £460 per year and all funds are used for charitable purposes, with members given transparency about where the money is used and the social good they enable via a bi-monthly newsletter. There are also two networking events each year for members.

East Midlands Chamber president Eileen Richards MBE said: “I have spoken with all three of our chosen charities and look forward to meeting with them all soon. Having spoken with Arif recently, I will be getting involved in the Sox & Box campaign and various other initiatives. Please look out for some of these initiatives for all three charities and support where you can.”

Collections for the Sox & Box campaign will be made in Derbyshire on Tuesday 25 May, Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 26 May and Leicestershire on Thursday 27 May. To book a collection from your premises, email Help@HTHLeicester.co.uk.

Alternatively, send items directly to Help the Homeless Leicester Sox & Box Campaign, 9 Abbey Street, Leicester, LE1 3TE.