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ROUGH SLEEP TO HELP THOSE IN NEED

Even after her latest recognition in the Amazing Ashton awards as ‘Covid Hero’ the work of Pauline Town and her team of helpers at The Station continues. The next main fundraiser to support their work for the homeless and those in need is a Rough Sleep organised for Saturday 5th December. We asked Pauline to tell us more.

“This is our sixth year with the Rough Sleep, but this year will be different because of Covid. Normally we would all get together in the car park at the front of the pub and we would sleep out for the evening.  However, because of Covid it’s not appropriate for a big group to sleep at the front but this year it is working really well all around the country as we adapt to the situation.  We have lots of people doing it in their gardens, MP’s at their homes and people being creative like one gentleman who is going to sleep on his balcony because he has no garden.  There’s a Just Giving page set up for people to make donations obviously to make it safe to accept donations. Any money we raise from that we have 12 different aims we try and achieve for Christmas which include food hampers, help we are giving to families in trouble and some cash help to animal sanctuary’s so they can buy what they need.”

Of course, apart from the Rough Sleep fundraising event the work continues with Pauline and the volunteers at The Station supporting the homeless and those in need.

“We are still doing the packed lunches and the work here so anything that is left over from the event will go towards what we do to help people through the winter. Because of Covid it is difficult what we can accept with the limited space we have and if anything needs to be quarantined. However, we are still collecting new socks and gloves – unfortunately we cannot accept any secondhand items in the current climate. The other thing that are a massive help are the disposable hand warmers – not the ones for the microwave – but those you can just get at a £1 shop. They make a huge difference on a cold day when we have people in the night shelter after being out all day. Those can keep your hands warm for up to 8 hours, so they are a big help if anybody wanted to donate them.  Anything towards the packed lunches is always appreciated and the demand is now over 80 a day so everything helps. Wrapped biscuits, individually wrapped chocolate bars, cake bars or something similar are useful. We are also happy to accept vouchers so if you put £5 or £10 on a supermarket voucher, we can buy what we need. Obviously if you are buying items to donate it would be great to use our local shops  in the market or the little independent retailers it will also support them who have also had a tough year.”

If you would like to make a donation to support the Rough Sleep fundraising you can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrew-stanworth-834 or to drop off your own donation doors of The Station Pub in Ashton town centre are open 12noon until 4pm daily. The volunteers are happy to accept the items mentioned above to support the great community work they.

About Tameside would once again like to thank Pauline and her volunteers for the incredible work they do in the community.

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