Birmingham accountancy firm JW Hinks has pledged to spend a year raising money for the region’s young homeless community.
The Edgbaston-based firm has nominated St Basils, an organisation that works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, as its charity of the year.
St Basils offers a range of services to young people in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry and at any one time can be assisting more than 400 young displaced people.
Last year the charity helped more than 4,000 youngsters across the West Midlands who were already living on the streets or were at risk of becoming homeless.
Neal Aston, managing partner at JW Hinks, said: “Like any major city, Birmingham and the surrounding area has a major issue with homelessness, especially among its young population.
“St Basils offers these young people a range of services, that they would otherwise struggle to access and they do truly remarkable work, which is why we are delighted to be supporting them this year.”
In order to help raise funds for the charity the firm will be holding a range of events throughout the year, including taking part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run.
Barrie Hodge, head of fundraising for St Basils, said, “We are delighted that a firm as prestigious as JW Hinks has agreed to make us their charity of the year.
“Every penny they raise will go towards improving the lives of young people in the West Midlands. And we can’t wait to see the pictures from when they take part in the Great Birmingham run. We hope the training goes well.”
Last year the firm raised £5,250 for charity Our Place Community Hub, a not for profit organisation that provides a facility to the local community in Sutton Coldfield.