Stoke sleep-out planned to help homeless this winter

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A sleep-out is planned to raise money for the city’s homeless at Port Vale Football Club next week.

Opening their doors for people to sleep in the football club grounds, charitable group Help for the Homeless hopes to raise funds for services to run in the approach to winter.

Speaking to StaffsLive Jeannette Jackson, the groups founder, said: “We are getting busy now winter is fast approaching, hence the need to do more fundraising.

“This year we have lost so many lovely souls, I have never been to as many funerals since starting our charity work. More needs to be done to rehabilitate and not just send them to prisons as currently happens.”

In addition to the planned sleep-out Help for the Homeless has launched a fill-a-towel appeal.

It’s hoped the appeal will gather toothbrushes, toiletries, deodorant and other items inside towels to be dropped off at various businesses around Leek and surrounding areas.

The full list of items Help for the Homeless aims to receive is:

  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Chocolate
  • Sweets
  • Roll on deodorant
  • Sanitary items for women
  • Hand gel
  • Gloves/ hand warmers
  • Brush or comb

The towels are being collected from the following businesses:

  • Both branches of Leek United Building Society, Leek
  • Endon High School, Endon
  • Ipstones Tiny Tots Nursery, Ipstones
  • Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour, Leek
  • Steph’s Creative Care, Cheddleton
  • The VenU, Leek

The fill-a-towel appeal must be delivered by December 1 while the Port Vale sleep-out is planned for Friday 22 November at 9pm.

For information on how to participate in the sleep-out contact Jeannette on 07783145034 or visit their Facebook page.

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