Staff at Nice Network and pupils from St Anthony’s Academy in Sunderland have donated over 50 coats and jackets to help keep homeless people warm over the coming months.
The company has worked closely with two of the region’s most active charities on the project, in a bid to ensure they reach those who need them most.
Oasis Community Housing, a charity supporting 2,000 people each year across the UK and Changing Lives, a national charity based in the North East, will be distributing the clothes as well as support packs to people in Sunderland over the coming weeks before reaching out to the wider region over the next few weeks.
The latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that across the North East as a whole, there were an estimated 120 deaths between 2013 and 2017, including 32 in 2017. This includes an estimated 20 deaths in Sunderland between 2013 and 2017, with a death rate of 1.9 per 100,000, as well as an estimated nine deaths in Durham between 2013 and 2017.
Nikki Lee, head of marketing at Nice Network Ltd, said: “As a company which has been firmly rooted in Sunderland for over 30 years, we see it as our duty to give back to the local community and we are delighted that Oasis Community Housing and Changing Lives have lent their support to this project.
“It has been a real team effort by everyone at Nice Network and I think I speak for everyone when I say we were very happy to get behind the collection and support a really important cause affecting many local people.”
David Foster, relationship manager at Oasis Community Housing, said: “It has been great working with Nice Network on this project and we look forward to working more closely in the future.
“We’ve already spoke briefly about how we can continue working closely in the future and we’re both very keen to see how we can continue to make a difference going forward.”