Fes­tive treat or­gan­ised thanks to help from local sup­pli­ers

Or­gan­is­ers Robert and Jo say thanks to ev­ery­one who helped

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­[email protected]­plc.com

A for­mer home­less man who turned his life around three years ago, is now work­ing along­side his wife to help give back to those who helped him.

Robert Had­dow met his wife Jo while he was at the Em­maus char­ity.

With nowhere else to turn to, he asked for help from the Le­ices­ter­shire char­ity, with a base in Hinck­ley, which kick-started his road to re­cov­ery.

Three years on, Robert and Jo work and help the home­less in the local com­mu­nity with the cou­ple re­cently tak­ing part in a spon­sored sleep­out rais­ing more than £500 for a Christ­mas din­ner event for the home­less.

Jo is a local street pas­tor for Earl Shilton and Bar­well. She of­ten comes across peo­ple who are out on the streets and says that by tak­ing part in char­i­ta­ble events, she can help out the county who’s ser­vices are of­ten too short for the amount of home­less peo­ple there are.

“My hus­band and I of­ten re­spond to home­less we hear of lo­cally and go and find them and give them sup­plies,” says Jo.

“The Em­maus home­less char­ity is ob­vi­ously close to our hearts, my hus­band is amaz­ing and had been home­less for many years, that’s why we as­sist. The coun­try ser­vices are short so our house is al­ways full of sup­plies.”

This Christ­mas Eve, Jo and her friend and fel­low char­ity worker Ali Reynolds - who along with her hus­band Paul or­gan­ised the char­ity sleep­out - helped to or­gan­ise a Christ­mas break­fast for home­less peo­ple which was held at Rosie o Brian’s in Le­ices­ter, hosted by Dave Bakewell.

The event was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Jo, who says that with­out the gen­eros­ity of the res­i­dents of Hinck­ley and sur­round­ing ar­eas, such ac­tiv­i­ties would not be pos­si­ble.

“I was to­tally over­whelmed by peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity, we were given ex­tra things like toi­letries that can be used in fu­ture projects too,” said Jo.

“Brekkies in Hinck­ley’s B&Q car park pledged eggs, tea, cof­fee and su­gar, Donna Tait from Tesco on Lon­don Road do­nated a huge bun­dle of food and drink, Dione Maslin and Pam Cleaver gave us cans of pop and crisps, Lola Louise Marsh handed over beans and to­ma­toes and Martin Cleaver do­nated a big crate of snacks.

“All of the amaz­ing peo­ple who do­nated said they would help again which is mine and Rob’s project in the fu­ture for fill­ing sports bags full of do­na­tions to give to any­body we are in­formed about, as well as con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the city sleep-outs that we sup­port Ali Reynolds with.

“I just want to say a big thank you to all who have do­nated to the events, the spon­sored sleep­out, Christ­mas home­less party and Christ­mas Eve break­fast, please keep do­nat­ing to this cause.”

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