Mayor joins local support for Winter Night Shelter
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, is helping the homeless by donating clothes to Mansfield's Winter Night Shelter.
People across the Mansfield area are showing their Christmas spirit with generous donations to support homeless people using the Mansfield Winter Night Shelter at Nottingham Road Methodist Church and the town's Sherwood Street Day Centre.
The Mayor visited the Framework Day Centre in Mansfield during breakfast, held each day from 8.30am till 10 for people who are using the Winter Night Shelter.
Large quantities of food, clothing and toiletries have been received, with many people getting organised to make joint donations, such as:
- The congregation at St Mark's Church whose gifts included 200 pairs of socks
- The Mansfield Citizen's Advice Bureau who have contributed a large quantity of books and games
- The Pharmacy Department at King's Mill Hospital who saved money by not sending Christmas cards in order to make donations.
Mayor Egginton commented: "For most people, Christmas is a time of joy and festivities but for others, particularly the homeless, it can mean a cold, hard and lonely time."
"I am pleased to be supporting Framework and I would urge anyone who has any spare clothes or toiletries to donate them, so that they can be given to those who are in most need of them."
Staff at the homelessness charity Framework, which runs both services, are very appreciative of local people's generosity. Day Centre Manager Michelle Hanson said: "People seem to have been even more generous this year."
"When so many people are struggling to make ends meet and find a way to celebrate Christmas it's great that there is so much concern to help people who are homeless and to help them enjoy Christmas too."