Media release: Appeal launches for Christmas gifts for people who are homeless


CHRISTMAS gifts that might help people who are homeless are being requested by one of Scotland’s leading homelessness charities.

Simon Community Scotland is inviting people who shop visa the website, Amazon, to pick a Christmas gift from a wishlist that can be found, online, at

A similar exercise last year resulted in over £15,000 worth of goods being donated by kind-hearted members of the public.

Among the items on this year’s wishlist are sleeping bags, underwear and foam mats.

They were chosen following consultation with Simon Community Scotland staff.

Like last year, this year’s campaign – called 12 Days of Giving – has attracted the support of several celebs, who have each recorded a 30-second video urging people to support the campaign.

These include Iain de Caestecher, Gina McKie, Kevin Guthrie (pictured), Tam Cowan, Moray Hunter and Sanjeev Kohli.

Actors, Gavin Mitchell and Jonathan Watson – along with comedian, Kiri Pritchard-McLean – are to record videos this week.

All completed videos will appear on Simon Community Scotland’s  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Says Lorraine McGrath, chief executive, at Simon Community Scotland: “We are asked frequently by members of the public what they can do to help and, in creating this campaign, we wanted to make it easy and impactful for people to get involved. We have gifts for all budgets, and, no matter what people can spare at this time of year, we are incredibly grateful.”


Notes for editors:

Media enquiries: Tricia Imrie, assistant director for Development on 07508 754 773.

About Simon Community Scotland

Simon Community Scotland has been working alongside people who experience homelessness in Scotland since 1966.

It delivers around 170,000 hours of support every year and engages with up to 3,000 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. It operates a Street Team from premises near Glasgow’s High Street and also provides accommodation, including emergency accommodation, in 12 locations across Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and Perth.

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