An­gels ex­tend reach to help the home­less

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AGROUP of vol­un­teers have been meet­ing home­less peo­ple to give them shel­ter in one of the town’s churches.

The Hope Street An­gels have been op­er­at­ing for many years now in the town cen­tre on a Satur­day night to help out rev­ellers who have had too much to drink, need a taxi or are oth­er­wise in need. They work with the pubs, coun­cil and po­lice.

Now the an­gels have broad­ened their work to go out on a Fri­day night too to help home­less peo­ple.

They find peo­ple sleep­ing rough and di­rect them to a night shel­ter run by the town’s churches.

The churches take it in turns to open their doors for the week­end to give ac­com­mo­da­tion to men who need it.

Rev Mar­ion Tug­wood, from Mac­cles­field United Re­formed Church, said: “We give the men a meal, bed and ad­vice over three nights.

“The Street An­gels help peo­ple on Satur­day nights but now they are out on a Fri­day do­ing a dif­fer­ent job. They go on a walk­a­bout to find peo­ple sleep­ing rough and di­rect them to the night shel­ter.

“It’s re­ally good for us as a church to be able to open our doors. You see how easy it is for peo­ple to end up on the streets.

“Ev­ery­one has a story, it’s shock­ing how peo­ple end up where they do.

“I’ve never seen home­less­ness so bad in Mac­cles­field. It gets worse ev­ery year.”

MP David Rut­ley went out with the Hope Street An­gels on a walk­a­bout to see the work that they do.

He spent time in the shel­ter to learn more about the work that is be­ing done to sup­port some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

He said: “The Street An­gels con­tinue to do great work in tak­ing care of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre late at night. I am very grate­ful that they are now also spend­ing time on Fri­day even­ings to help home­less peo­ple make use of the ser­vices of the WHAM night shel­ter, which is do­ing in­valu­able work in sup­port­ing home­less peo­ple dur­ing the colder win­ter months.

“I would like to thank all of the vol­un­teers for their ded­i­cated ser­vice and com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity. I hope that more lo­cal res­i­dents will be will- ing to join them in the fu­ture.”

Win­ter Hope Ac­com­mo­da­tion in Mac­cles­field (WHAM) runs from Novem­ber to March. Con­tact Pip Moss­crop about Hope Street An­gels at pip moss­crop2@ya­hoo.co.uk.

MP David Rut­ley with Street An­gels Adam Smith and Sue Challi­nor-Smith

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