A Stevenage business has launched an appeal to collect Christmas gifts for homeless people in the area.

Access Self Storage is asking for donations of new and unwrapped gifts, including toys, clothes and toiletries, to give to the charity Haven First.

Non-perishable food items, baby supplies and pet food are also being collected.

Haven First supports people experiencing homelessness in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire. With sites in Baldock, Hitchin and Stevenage, the charity provides support and shelter for more than 60 residents.

Ian Girvan, manager at Access Self Storage Stevenage, said: "Just buying one extra gift for Haven First this Christmas can make a real difference to someone in need.

"We know times are hard for so many right now, but even something small for someone who may be living in crisis locally will help spread a smile this Christmas."


Donna Lawrie, for Haven First, added: "Sadly, the need for our services continues to grow, with us seeing the people we support experiencing severe trauma and complex needs.

"We are thankful for the wonderful donations from Access for our residents, who are often estranged from friends and family, which help to make Christmas special for them."

Donations can be taken to Access Self Storage on Gunnels Wood Road until December 11.