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Property companies donate over £14,000 and an indoor venue to make sure Manchester’s homeless are warm and fed this Christmas

The team behind the New Victoria residential development has donated over £14,000, the location, volunteers and supplies to make sure the homeless community in Manchester has somewhere to go over the Christmas period.

New Victoria partners, owner Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), placemaker Muse and main contractor VINCI Building, have all come together to support Lifeshare – Manchester’s oldest charity that supports homeless and vulnerable people in the city – with its Christmas Project for the second year running.

Lifeshare’s Christmas Project has run for 35 years and offers homeless people and those in crisis a place to find hot meals, companionship, medical and personal care, shower facilities, veterinary care and other amenities with the aim to reduce isolation and bring people together from December 23 – 29.

Judith Vickers, operations manager at Lifeshare, said: “Yet again, PIC, Muse and VINCI have pulled out the stops to support our Christmas Project. I am very concerned with the growing trend in people becoming homeless during this economic crisis and Christmas should not be a time people are unable to get any support. We will use every penny donated to make sure we can support people in finding homes and try and bring a bit of festive spirit to them this year.”

Simon Hourihan, project director at Muse, said: “It is not lost on us as a business that while amazing buildings are being constructed across the city, some people haven’t got a stable home. Our goal is to create kinder communities that are built on creating opportunities for all to have a brighter future and for all to be healthy in body and mind. We’re proud to support the vital work of charities like Lifeshare, to try and help those in need find a stable and nurturing community where they can thrive."

Matt Legg, VINCI Building’s project manager for the New Victoria scheme, said: “Last year our welfare buildings were used as the site for Lifeshare’s Christmas project. Since last Christmas, the planning has been ongoing to make sure we can offer a bigger and better service.

“Our teams are volunteering and taking part to help wherever necessary and I really couldn't be prouder. Through our delivery of the exciting New Victoria scheme we ensure that we not only deliver a flagship development but leave a lasting legacy and support the communities in which we work.”

“Judith Vickers, commented: “This is an amazing display of what Christmas is really about. We are still asking for help though! We need a range of other items to make it a real success, so I would urge people, who are so kind at this time of year towards the homeless, to take a look at our website and social media channels – and @lifeshareuk – to see how they can help.”

The generous donations from the team, of which PIC contributed £10,000, will mean that Lifeshare can continue its vital work supporting those in need. This includes continuing to run its recently extended weekend breakfast provision on a Friday, as well as Saturday and Sundays, well into the New Year.

The partners helping to make this Lifeshare Christmas Project happen at the New Victoria residential development include: VINCI Building, Muse, PIC, Chroma, Walker Sime, HAALO, WSP and John Sisk.

The team is currently on site with the 450,000 sq ft residential phase of New Victoria, which will bring forward 520 homes over two 20 and 25-storey buildings at a central location next to Manchester Victoria station. Completion is on course for summer 2023.