An Oxford homelessness charity is calling for donations to develop a therapeutic garden.

Emmaus Oxford is participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023, which doubles every penny donated.

The challenge is the UK’s largest matching funding campaign and runs from noon on November 28 to December 5.

In 2022, the donations helped Emmaus Oxford raise £22,570.

The funds were used to renovate move-on accommodations for residents who were ready for increased independence.

This year, donations will be utilised to design a therapeutic garden for homeless people.

The goal is to create a peaceful environment where they can nurture their gardening skills, grow plants, and regain their wellness.

Eddie Blaze, chief executive of Emmaus Oxford, said: "It’s never been a better time to donate to us as every penny will be doubled during the week of the Big Give, a once-in-a-year opportunity for us to boost donations to help the vital work we do."

The charity will collaborate with a local garden designer to ensure the garden meets the needs of the residents.

It seeks to bridge the gap homeless people encounter in securing employment and housing.

The charity provides accommodation, work, and support to help these individuals restart their lives.

To have your donation to Emmaus Oxford doubled, participate in the Big Give challenge.