Festive treat organised thanks to help from local suppliers
Organisers Robert and Jo say thanks to everyone who helped
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.”