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Families warm to Society's appeal for homeless

6th March 2018

FAMILIES have provided bags and bags of support for an appeal to help bring some desperately-needed warmth into the lives of homeless people in Staffordshire…

Leek United launched its ‘Winter Woollies’ campaign for donations of unwanted winter clothing for some of the county’s most vulnerable individuals.

Customers warmed to the three-week drive, and have now provided sackfuls of pullovers, coats, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves for distribution to young males who use The Macari Centre homeless shelter in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Society’s appeal was designed to highlight homelessness – particularly during the worst of the winter weather – and to ensure that the right help reaches those who need it most.  

Kevin Wilson, the Society’s Chief Executive, said: “Our ‘Winter Woollies’ campaign has touched the hearts of a great many of our members, who responded to it with characteristic and overwhelming generosity.

“We’re delighted to be able to pass the proceeds of the appeal over to The Macari Centre, and very much hope that it goes some way to providing a little warmth for those people who especially need it during the colder months.”

Donations were collected at Leek United’s branches in Cheadle, Hanley, Leek, Newcastle and Uttoxeter over a three-week period. Hanley Branch Manager Hannah Sergeant, and the Society’s Head of Branch Network Simon Round visited The Macari Centre on the outskirts of Hanley town centre, to hand over the bags of clothing. 

Set up by former Stoke City FC Manager Lou Macari, The Macari Centre provides night shelter accommodation, food and support to those who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or who are suffering from associated issues such as substance misuse, mental health problems or crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lou said: “The sheer amount of donations that have been made show just how much families in North Staffordshire have got behind this campaign, and we are incredibly grateful to Leek United for linking up with us in this way.

“The severe weather we’ve been experiencing over the past week shows that winter is definitely not finished with us yet, and the warm clothing we’ve received via the Society’s ‘Winter Woollies’ appeal is most definitely very much needed and appreciated.”

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