The Cleveleys team has lent a helping hand to local people sleeping rough with a substantial donation to two homeless shelters in Blackpool.

Everyone in store spent two weeks collecting clothing, toiletries and food which was then donated to charities, Streetlife and the Bridge Project.

Support for people sleeping rough

Streetlife operates both a day and a night shelter for young people up to the age of 26 in Blackpool, as well as with providing ‘lifeskill’ sessions that offer advice and guidance on subjects including substance misuse, employment, equality and diversity.

The Bridge Project, run by the Salvation Army’s Blackpool Citadel Corps, aims to support vulnerable people through their educational programmes and its drop-in centre allows visitors to take showers and collect care parcels. 

Harsh winter weather

The winter months can be particularly difficult for homeless people due to harsh weather conditions. Temperatures in Cleveleys reached lows of -5°C in December and staff were encouraged to bring in any spare warm clothing, including gloves, hats, scarves and blankets.

Store director Dr Laika Essa was delighted to see the team get behind this great cause: ‘I’m extremely proud of everyone in store. They are always enthusiastic and ready to get stuck in when it comes to giving to charity.

‘Everyone has been extremely generous and together we’ve been to be able to offer a small token to these two worthy, local causes at a time when a lot of people are struggling.’

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