Night on the streets is boost for home­less

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

VOL­UN­TEERS spent the night on the streets of Mac­cles­field as part of a cam­paign to raise money for the home­less.

The sleep-out was or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from Cheshire Street­wise CIC, which sup­ports home­less peo­ple and those in need in the Mac­cles­field com­mu­nity.

The hardy vol­un­teers spent the night out­side to raise aware­ness and funds as part of a se­ries of sleep-outs.

This year, Co­op­er­a­tive Funeral Care and the Reach Out and Re­cover char­ity have also joined in the cam­paign.

Mag­gie Fal­coner, who runs Cheshire Street­wise at Elim Church, said: “We had good com­pany and lots of in­ter­est from young and old alike.

“Pizza Hut gen­er­ously do­nated food and friends brought hot drinks to us.

“I got to go home for a hot bath, clean and comfy bed and a big break­fast. Sadly, this isn’t true for the home­less peo­ple of Mac­cles­field who don’t have any­where to go.”

Funds will be used to­wards cloth­ing, food and tem­po­rary emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for those in need.

It will also pro­vide a Christ­mas meal and ac­tiv­i­ties for the home­less com­mu­nity.

Mag­gie said: “We be­lieve we can make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives by rais­ing funds and pro­vid­ing them with es­sen­tial items un­til their sit­u­a­tion im­proves.

“The money raised last year helped pro­vide a Christ­mas lunch for home­less peo­ple in Mac­cles­field and funded ac­com­mo­da­tion for women who are more dif­fi­cult to shel­ter be­cause they re­quire sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion to men.

We pro­vided tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for five women and two cou­ples and were also able to pro­vide a Christ­mas meal for those who were alone or had nowhere to go.

“We want to do the same again this year and hope peo­ple will sup­port the cam­paign, ei­ther by giv­ing time or a do­na­tion.”

Go to justgiv­ crowd­fund­ing/Cheshire street­wise­cic to do­nate. Email mag­gie@cheshire street­ or see Cheshire Street­wise CIC on Face­book.

The whist play­ers get down to busi­ness

Some of those who took part in the cam­paign, which is rais­ing money for ac­com­mo­da­tion and a Christ­mas meal for home­less peo­ple

Vol­un­teers en­joy free food from Pizza Hut as they slept rough on the streets of Mac­cles­field to high­light the plight of the home­less

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