TIME TO GIVE:
Festive appeal to help the homeless
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