Winter clothing appeal for homeless charity
An appeal is being made for donations of warm coats and jumpers which are being collected to give out to vulnerable people and those in critical need over the Christmas period.
If you have a spare winter coat or jumper sitting in the back of the cupboard, unused and unloved, then you can take it along to a collection point on Amble Little Shore
on Saturday 10th November between 3-4pm,
or to the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth
between 12th November - 19th December.
The clothing is being collected on behalf of Crisis Skylight Newcastle
, an education, training and employment centre for the homeless and those living in hostels.
The centre feeds around 300 people on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and they set up a free shop over the festive period for vulnerable people to choose a coat, jumper, hat, gloves and scarf to keep warm.
Jane Hardy, Health Walks Coordinator at Active Northumberland, is co-ordinating Saturday’s collection in Amble.
She said: “The winter months can be unforgiving for those sleeping rough or unable to afford a winter coat. We wanted to offer a hand to those in desperate need of help and warmth. These unwanted winter items will make a massive difference to these vulnerable people.”
Any items of clothing left over after the Christmas Day and Boxing Day events will be donated to a clothing bank so nothing goes to waste.
Active Northumberland is also donating unclaimed articles of warm clothing to Crisis, and the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth is one of the official drop off points for your donations.
If you haven’t got a spare coat or jumper but would still like to help out, Crisis have a wish list of other items they are collecting for the appeal. These can be viewed by following the link and also taken to the collection point in Amble or at Morpeth Riverside: