Midlands bakery firm Firkins has adopted youth homelessness charity St Basils as a focus for 2008. St Basils has 23 residential projects in the Birmingham area for 16- to 25-year-olds.

St Basils’ fundraising officer Georgia Blackwood said that collection boxes have gone into all of Firkins’ 56 shops, with the aim of raising at least £3,000.

St Basils is also working with Firkins on ’St Basils buns’, a new line - probably a cupcake - to be baked by Firkins and sold in their shops as a fundraiser.