Sleep­ing bags for home­less

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Your Views - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

COUN­CIL­LORS in a Widnes neigh­bour­hood have backed a cam­paign urg­ing peo­ple to do­nat­ing a sleep­ing bag to the ap­peal be­ing driven by a teenager.

Or­mis­ton Chad­wick Academy stu­dent Ai­dan Jack­son, 15, was re­cently awarded a Bri­tish Cit­i­zen Youth Award at the Palace Of West­min­ster.

Ai­dan set up the Teddy Bear Chal­lenge in mem­ory to his friend Olivia Alice who died in 2015.

He has raised thou­sands of pounds for the Olivia Alice Foun­da­tion, a char­ity es­tab­lished in her name.

His lat­est char­ity ap­peal is for sleep­ing bags for the home­less which he in­tends to dis­trib­ute on the streets of Liver­pool.

Cllrs Phil Har­ris, Paul Nolan and Ke­van Wain­wright of the Hough Green ward dropped off their do­nated bags this week at one of the home­less ap­peal’s col­lec­tion points, Hank­ins Sweet Stall, in Widnes Mar­ket.

Cllr Har­ris said: “There is still time for peo­ple to do­nate a sleep­ing bag and drop it off at one of the col­lec­tion points.

“No-one should be home­less and liv­ing on the streets, but sadly many are and a warm sleep­ing bag can help those sleep­ing rough.

“Ai­dan is do­ing a great job help­ing oth­ers de­spite fac­ing chal­lenges of his own and he de­serves sup­port.”

The ap­peal closed this ● week­end on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, and there are col­lec­tion points in both Widnes and Run­corn which will ac­cept any do­nated sleep­ing bags.

Col­lec­tion points in Widnes are Hank­ins Sweet Stall at Widnes Mar­ket and Night­stop Com­mu­ni­ties North­west on Al­bert Road.

In Run­corn the col­lec­tion point is HomeS­mart Let­tings on High Street.

Cllrs Phil Har­ris, Paul Nolan and Ke­van Wain­wright dropped off their do­nated sleep­ing bags this week at one of the home­less ap­peal’s col­lec­tion points, Hank­ins Sweet Stall in Widnes

Deb­bie Hank­ins, cen­tre

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