UK Power Reserve (UKPR) has partnered with youth homelessness charity St Basils to support its Solihull hub with a donation of £9,300 to cover its electricity bill for a year.

The flexible electricity provider has challenged the energy industry to fund the charity’s other hub in Birmingham and 33 shelters across England and Wales.

St Basils provides shelter and skills development for young homeless people aged 16 to 25 in the West Midlands.

Its central hub in Birmingham received more than 5,000 requests for support last year. The charity opened a second hub in Solihull to help manage the rising demand. St Basils now has the two hubs and 488 units of accommodation across the West Midlands.

Tim Emrich, chief executive and co-founder at UKPR, said: “We at UK Power Reserve have always worked hard to build meaningful relationships within our local communities and to do what we can for the most vulnerable among us.

“St Basils provides crucial services for our young people here in Solihull, helping them to find shelter and to break the cycle of homelessness that is such a scourge of our society. We are proud to support them in their work and look forward to continuing our partnership with them in the coming year.

“I am calling on all of our peers in the energy industry to contribute likewise so that organisations like St Basils can continue to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Solihull’s homelessness rate is estimated to be 5.5 out of every 1,000 people. Statistics published by Homeless Link estimate 4,751 people across England slept rough last year.

Barrie Hodge, head of fundraising from St Basils, added: “We are absolutely delighted by UK Power Reserve’s support, the Solihull hub is a much needed lifeline to countless young people in the local area.

“Many individuals are truly shocked to hear that an affluent area like Solihull has one of the highest rates of homelessness within the country. This money will really make a difference, donations like this to St Basils ensure our vital services continue”

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