Night on the streets is boost for homeless
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 justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/Cheshire streetwisecic to donate. Email maggie@cheshire streetwise.co.uk or see Cheshire Streetwise CIC on Facebook.
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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