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More support for Brighton and Hove’s homeless young people

15 February 2021

Young people living at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Brighton and Hove Foyer have received a boost, thanks to generous donations from a Brighton artist and their local John Lewis store.

Tyler Keating holding soft furnishing donations from John LewisBrighton & Hove Foyer resident Tyler with some of the soft furnishing donations from John Lewis.

Last year, local artist Tony Mills created a series of eight beautiful paintings, each featuring a homeless person in different scenes of Brighton, as part of his Eight Miles Away project to provide long-term support to eight homeless people in his city. The paintings were displayed at the British Airways i360 and then sold by silent auction in November 2020.

With the addition of sales of prints, Tony’s paintings raised over £23,000 in aid of Brighton and Hover Foyer, a supported housing service which provides accommodation and support for homeless and vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25.

Local employer John Lewis heard about the project and were keen to bolster Tony’s support too. The department store has kindly donated £330 and made a large delivery of towels, throws and blankets which have been distributed between the foyer’s 50 young residents, who would otherwise have very little of their own.

As well as working closely with John Lewis to identify the most needed items, staff at Brighton and Hove Foyer are inviting residents to apply for funding from the Eight Miles Away Fund. The fund will be used to provide young people with the financial support they need to get back on their feet and avoid the cycle of homelessness, providing them with the opportunity to support themselves to live independently and have a bright future. The financial support may include providing a deposit and their first month’s rent on a flat, or items to furnish their new home.

We are so grateful to Tony for choosing to support us with his Eight Miles Away project – without him, none of this would have happened

Jan Weston-Shaw, Deputy Local Service Manager at Brighton and Hove Foyer, said: “We are so grateful to Tony for choosing to support us with his Eight Miles Away project – without him, none of this would have happened. The amazing support from John Lewis has really been the icing on the cake. Their kind donations have meant the world to residents and I’m really excited to continue our partnership this year.”

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s supported housing services for homeless and vulnerable young people, visit our young people page, read residents’ stories or search for a young persons’ service near you.

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