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Coffee and Gingerbread at Leek United...

14th March 2019

Leek United are offering customers a taste of Gingerbread along with their favourite cuppa this month…

The Society’s Hanley staff have chosen the Stoke-on-Trent-based Gingerbread Centre* as the focus of their community fundraising throughout 2019.

And they want to raise people’s awareness of the charity and its work by hosting a special coffee morning at the Branch in Stafford Street, Hanley on Friday, 22 March.

“Working in the city centre, we are all, sadly, only too aware of the numbers of homeless and vulnerable people there are in North Staffordshire,” said Hannah Sergeant, Leek United’s Hanley Branch Manager.

“That’s why we chose The Gingerbread Centre as our nominated charity, and we hope that customers will help in supporting us to raise as much as we can throughout this year.”

Hannah and her colleagues are hosting the coffee morning between 10am and 12noon, to enable customers and visitors to the branch to enjoy light refreshments – and find out more about the charity’s work.

Biscuit, the charity’s giant gingerbread man mascot, will also be in attendance, along with Gingerbread Centre fundraiser Paul Deakin.

“Homelessness is so much more than simply being on the streets – it can also be about people simply not having somewhere to call their own,” said Paul.

“As a charity, we already know that our budget will be cut this year, so raising public awareness of what we do, and the support of individuals and businesses such as Leek United is vital to us.”

*Established in 1977, The Gingerbread Centre was originally an Advice Centre for single parents, but in the 1980s recognised the need had changed and now provides 24-hour supported accommodation for homeless families, teenage parents and pregnant women from across North Staffordshire.

The charity has two main facilities; Rothesay Court in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent supports homeless families, including single dads, and Catherine Court in Hanley is Gingerbread’s Teenage Parents Unit, providing supported accommodation for pregnant girls and teenage parents aged 16 to 19.

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