Appeal in Stevenage to help our homeless this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 07:02 06 December 2017

Give Back to Stevenage is holding its Christmas Homesless Appeal in Stevenage Old Town on Friday.

Give Back to Stevenage is holding its Christmas Homesless Appeal in Stevenage Old Town on Friday.

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It’s the season for giving and thinking of others and an appeal to help the homeless on Friday will provide the opportunity to do just that.

Community group Give Back to Stevenage is holding its Christmas Homeless Appeal between 6pm and 8pm at Seven Cafe Bar Lounge in Middle Row in Stevenage’s Old Town.

Stevenage mayor Pam Stuart will be there and people are being asked to bring donations for Stevenage Haven, a charity which operates two hostels – The Haven in Stevenage and North Herts Sanctuary in Hitchin – as well as managing 11 move-on properties, transforming the lives of about 150 people every year.

Give Back to Stevenage is also asking for donations of gifts for patients at the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.

Stevenage Haven would prefer financial donations, but the charity’s wish list also includes slippers, torches, gloves and scarves, toiletries, nightwear and writing sets. For the wish list in full, search for ‘Give Back to Stevenage’ on Facebook.

Organiser Sam Wood, who founded Give Back to Stevenage, said: “This year we want to fulfil as much of the wish list as possible, but to also wrap some presents to go by the bedsides of the patients in Letchworth’s Garden House Hospice.

“It will be an evening of mince pies, hopefully a choir with carols, and enough to bring festive cheer to the town.

“If you can come along and join us all, it would be absolutely amazing. If you just wish to drop off donations, this can be done at Unikorn in Stevenage’s Market Place, where they are happily accepting the donations.

“Let’s put a smile on people’s faces.”

Ideas for gifts for the hospice patients include talc, skin cream and Maltesers. These gifts must be wrapped, with a note detailing what is inside.

Through the appeal, Sam is also hoping to make five homeless packs for people living on the streets, which will include a sleeping bag, jogging bottoms, sweat top, underwear and socks.

A spokesman for Stevenage Haven said: “We would prefer to received financial donations so we don’t receive too many of the same thing, but can instead purchase the items that are most needed at the time.

“We would like to thank people for thinking of us and say how much their support and generosity is greatly appreciated by everyone here.”

To find out more about Give Back to Stevenage search for the group on Facebook.

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