Any spare clothing? You can really help… 👕🧦🎒

Over the last few months we have been getting to know and understand the vital work an incredible charity, named Hidden Homeless, in Leeds does. They are a remarkable organisation that we came across earlier this year, who make up an important and valuable part of our society, reaching out to people on the streets.

We are setting up a collection point at the festival and wondered if you could help? But, first things first, let’s find out more about this crucial charity…

Hidden Homeless volunteers are made up of people who previously volunteered with other outreaches in Leeds. Two of these fab people, Lee Stead & Andy Nettleton, decided that they weren’t reaching all of the “right people”, in the sense that although most people who visit the static outreaches in the city centre are in need and vulnerable, they wanted to try and get help to those who were rough sleeping outside the centre and that often don’t get much help or outreaches visiting them.

They drive to camps of rough sleepers, who they often find through visitors to their facebook page and word of mouth from other rough sleepers they know.

We asked them what they get up to on a typical night of work…

“On a Wednesday & Saturday evening, we get edible food waste donations from Greggs and Pret a Manger, we have hot drinks, sometimes hot food and tents, sleeping bags, clothes etc… The items are only when we manage to get some donated, which tends to be hit and miss. 

We start at 8pm as we can’t collect the Pret donation until then. We begin at the old Olympic swimming baths, then move around different camps until we end up in Headingley. That’s where we usually finish for the evening, at around 10.30pm.”

We think their dedication to others is simply wonderful and we really want to help them, and thought you would definitely want to be involved too! We are not asking for money, but wondered if you could help on essential and desperate items such as:

 

– Tents

– Sleeping bags

– Roll mats

– Rucksacks

– Trackie bottoms

– T – shirts

– Hoodies

– Underwear (men’s and women’s),

– Socks

– Footwear

– Deodorant

 

PLUS Food donations like:

– Sweet treats

– Crisps

– Bottles of water or cordial

– Non-perishable food items (tins of beans etc…)

 

We have a drop off point that will be located on the village green (near the campsite) which opens midday to 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will also be open from 8am to midday on the Monday. The drop off point will be manned by a member of the outreach team.

Thanks so much in advance for anything you can donate. To use a certain big supermarket slogan… EVERY LITTLE HELPS… and it really does. 🙏🙏🙏

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