Comet-backed Stevenage campaign to help the homeless and those in need has a new Facebook hub and big plans ahead for the new year – Find out how you can help

From left, organisers Sam Wood, Coral Lambert, Kai Lambert and Max Taylor.

From left, organisers Sam Wood, Coral Lambert, Kai Lambert and Max Taylor. - Credit: Archant

A campaign to help the homeless and those in need in Stevenage has continued to gain momentum over the Christmas period.

Give Back to Stevenage

Give Back to Stevenage - Credit: Archant

What began as a party for the homeless with free food at the Baker Street cafe in the Old Town, haircuts and donations of food, clothing and toiletries, has transformed into a permanent presence in the form of a Facebook page: Give Back to Stevenage.

This has become a focus for appeals for help and donations. So far it has helped find homes, distributed care packages and helped feed needy families.

Volunteers linked to the group also provided Christmas dinners for homeless and needy families on Christmas day.

The group is now looking for a donation of a motor home or long wheelbase vehicle and mechanics and volunteers to convert it into a soup kitchen and mobile aid centre.

One of the group founders Maxi Wild has promised to shave off his long hair if a Justgiving page he has set up reaches its £3,000 target.

Maxi said: “The progress that the group has made and the time that our volunteers have put in has left me speechless. This started just as a bit of a Christmas party for the people in need and has now turned into an ever-growing lifeline for them.

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“We are planning some big events in the near future which will all be released on our Facebook page along with an up and coming expansion of the group. I can’t thank anyone enough for their input and I am looking forward to working closely with you all to help make Stevenage and surrounding areas a place of safety and security.”

The group is also holding a raffle to raise cash with top prizes promised.

For full details and to enter the raffle, go to Facebook and search for Give Back to Stevenage.

If you want to volunteer, offer donations, a van or are a homeless person who needs some support, you can message the Give Back to Stevenage team through the Facebook page.

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