Local businesses from across the North East are coming together for a virtual event that will raise vital funds for Oasis Community Housing, which has helped hundreds of homeless people off the streets this year, responding to the Corona virus outbreak.

The Gateshead-based charity is inviting local businesses and families to don the charity’s colours for the inaugural ‘Black & Gold’ event that will be held online on Thursday 5 November.

The event will start at 3pm with a few words from Songs of Praise’s The Reverend Kate Bottley – followed by some live music and virtual fireworks.


Oasis Community Housing’s Chief Executive David Smith said, “Lockdown hit and, in a matter of days, we had to re-map how to continue delivering the vital face-to-face services that thousands of people facing homelessness rely on us for each and every year.

“While 2020 has been incredibly challenging, so much has been achieved by the rapid response of our teams – which is why we wanted to host ‘Black and Gold’ as an afternoon of celebration. And what better way to launch our Christmas campaign!

“We’re delighted Kate and local businesses are joining us, and hope many more people will be able to as well.”

Everyone is being encouraged to tune in at 3pm on Thursday wearing their best black and gold attire. Raffle tickets are also available at just £5 each for prizes including a weekend break for four people, a 60-minute coast flight and tickets for Alnwick Castle.

The mufti event and mini music festival will officially launch the charity’s ‘Giving A Home’ Christmas campaign, which will lay the financial foundations for the coming year; helping around 2,000 people on their journey out of homelessness across their North East and London-based projects.

The celebration will continue into the evening with a live music festival, featuring almost 30 artists from across the world.

To find out more, please visit our Black & Gold event page.