Soup kitchen marks its first anniversary
A PROJECT which gives meals and support to the homeless has celebrated its first birthday.
Treehouse is run out of Elim Christian Life Centre, on Parsonage Street, and every Saturday from 5 to 8pm it serves dozens of people a meal and hot drinks.
The project, which is now linked to The Samaritans, Addullem floating drug and alcohol support and four churches in Macclesfield, was started by kindhearted nurse Louise Williamson.
She and other volunteers celebrated the anniversary with Macclesfield MP David Rutley.
After a buffet meal at the anniversary meeting, there was a report on the progress made by the group during its inaugural year, including an update on the number of service users, and the yearly finances.
After the party Mr Rutley said: “The work done by Louise and the other volunteers at Treehouse is greatly valued, and I would like to thank and congratulate them all for reaching this important milestone.
“The service which the group offers is a real success and is greatly appreciated, particularly on these dark, cold winter nights.”
Louise, from Macclesfield, set up the soup kitchen while studying for a nursing degree and running a busy home with her husband Daniel and children Bradley, 11 and Emily, seven.
After working a variety of jobs, from barmaid to working in a nursery, Louise enrolled as a student paramedic but had to quit for personal reasons. The experience stirred a love of nursing and she started her degree. In
To boost her studies Louise became a volunteer at Drop-In on Duke Street, which supports 12 to 25-yearolds, and Street Angels, which patrol the town centre keeping people safe.
In November she was awarded a first class degree and two prizes from the University of Chester.
Louise said: “Opening Treehouse has offered support to individuals in the Macclesfield area, not only by providing a hearty meal and hot drinks but also good company in a safe environment.
“Each individual that comes along gets something positive from attending. The support we have received has been overwhelming, which provides an excellent community spirit.”
●● David Rutley MP meets Treehouse volunteers at its first anniversary celebrations