Fes­tive ap­peal to help the home­less

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

FIVE West Dray­ton women are on a mis­sion to help those on the streets of Lon­don this year.

Neigh­bours Terri Aubrey and Jackie Bald­win started a ‘ Help the Home­less’ pub­lic Face­book group which has gath­ered more than 2,000 mem­bers in just a month.

With do­na­tions flood­ing in, the group will hit the streets of Lon­don armed with 80 boxes of gift-wrapped es­sen­tials for rough-sleep­ers.

Terri, who works at lo­gis­tics com­pany Rohlig, which do­nated £200, said: “We were just talk­ing, say­ing we’d like to do some­thing for the home­less, so I said ‘why don’t we see if we can do some­thing about it?’

“We started a group on Face­book and all of a sud­den peo­ple were adding their friends and do­nat­ing clothes, sleep­ing bags and blan­kets.

“Once I’d posted on our group that my com­pany had helped, a lot of other com­pa­nies got in­volved and do­nated. Mor­risons do­nated a full trol­ley, lo­cal shops have also been do­nat­ing items such as bot­tles of wine and fruit bas­kets.

“Me and Jackie couldn’t cope with the over­whelm­ing re­sponse so we got a few oth­ers to help out with ad­min. We were over­whelmed with the re­sponse.”

Kim Can­non, Jane Hickey and Jo Lind­ley joined to help co­or­di­nate the re­sponse.

The group ar­ranged a disco at the Ivy Leaf, in Wim­pole Road, West Dray­ton, on Fri­day and have a chil­dren’s Christ­mas party planned for Sun­day, which is a sell-out.

Funds from both events will pro­vide boxes to be given out in Hilling­don and cen­tral Lon­don on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12, which will in­clude blan­kets, sleep­ing bags, toi­letries and dog food.

To do­nate or help search for the ‘Help the Home­less’ group on Face­book, or you can drop do­na­tions off at Com Cafe, 62 Byron Way, West Dray­ton UB7 9JD.

n DO­NA­TIONS: Jackie Bald­win, Terri Aubrey, Kim Can­non, Jane Hickey, Jo Lind­ley

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