As many of us across Tameside and beyond prepare to celebrate a season of joy, happiness and goodwill to all; let’s pause a moment and reflect on the lyrics expressed in the Band Aid song:
There’s a world outside our window …that’s a world of dread and fear
And for many people across the region, homelessness means they are living in a world of dread and fear – there will be no Christmas celebrations for them this year!
It’s a sobering fact that every day 150 families in Britain become homeless, and it’s been estimated by leading charities that more than 3,000 people are currently homeless across Greater Manchester.
These figures also suggest the number of people sleeping rough in our region has increased, with a considerable rise in the last year.
That’s why, members of Hyde Rotary Club will once again devote their time to appeal, collect and distribute unwanted warm clothing and other items to the homeless this coming winter.
On Saturday 4th November between 10.00am-3.00pm members from Hyde Rotary Club will take a stall on Hyde’s Artisan Market, where they will be collecting unwanted coats, jumpers, toiletries, socks, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, and rucksacks for the homeless in Tameside, Stockport and Manchester
Speaking on behalf of Hyde Rotary, Kevin Maddox said, “Rough sleeping – and homelessness in general – has been the source of growing concern throughout Greater Manchester over the last couple of years, and although it’s up to others to solve the underlying problem, Hyde Rotary are focusing on practical and immediate humanitarian help by offering aid to keep them warm.”
“So, please clear out those cupboards and drawers, dig out your unwanted warm clothing and other items and help us to keep some of the homeless warm this winter. Be thankful for everything you have, and spare a thought for those less fortunate.”
Hyde Rotary will be manning their stall on Saturday 4th November between 10.00am until 3.00pm, on Hyde Market, please bring what you can and help them keep a homeless family warm this winter.