Media Release: Scottish charity teams up with Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor to bring the magic of Christmas to homeless youth


THE Rock Trust (a charity that supports Scotland’s homeless youth) and Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, joined forces this week to bring a taste of Christmas to vulnerable young people in Scotland’s capital.

On Tuesday 20th December, the Rock Trust’s Christmas dinner saw 20 young people, who have been affected by homelessness in the capital, come together in one of Edinburgh’s finest hotels for a spectacular Christmas feast.

The youngsters received a warm welcome, a delicious three course meal, a Christmas gift and an afternoon full of festive activities.

Kate Polson, chief executive of the Rock Trust, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year for sharing with family and friends, but it is important to remember that there are many vulnerable young people out there whose circumstances mean Christmas never comes.

“We are really pleased to be able to offer some of those we help a positive and unforgettable experience this festive period. We would like to thank Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor for helping us provide for those less fortunate and spread a little bit of Christmas cheer.”

Gordon Fraser, general manager, Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, said: “We were pleased to support Rock Trust in hosting this event. Giving back to the community and supporting local youth, especially those who need the most help, is an important part of our company culture.

“Thank you to Rock Trust for allowing us to help create such a special festive day leading up to Christmas for these young people whose lives are affected by homelessness.”

The event follows a successful year for Rock Trust; having reached the milestone of 25 years helping Scotland’s youth, setting up a coalition with the Scottish Government to end youth homelessness in the next ten years, and raising over £45,000 at the annual Sleep Out last month.

The Rock Trust is also calling for the generosity of supporters to donate what they can to the Ethical Gift campaign.

By donating to the charity’s Ethical Gift campaign, supporters can help brighten the Christmas of many young people throughout the country by providing funds for heat, electricity, travel or warm clothes.

Donations can be made at


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Notes to editors:

• Established in 1991, the Rock Trust works with 16-25 year-olds, aiming to prevent youth homelessness and support young people to have better futures.
• The Rock Trust advises, educates and supports young people to enable them to build the personal skills and resources required to make a positive and healthy transition to adulthood while avoiding or moving on from homelessness. It offers more than 50 bed spaces each night to young people in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.
• Scottish End Youth Homeless Coalition, formed on the back of the Rock Trust’s youth homeless conference in June 2016, is a collective impact model which aims to end youth homelessness in Scotland in the next ten years. Members include Homeless Action Scotland and Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research, LGBT Youth Scotland and the Scottish Government.


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