£2,500 donation boosts Action Homeless appeal
An appeal to help people sleeping rough in the city has passed the halfway mark.
Action Homeless launched its winter appeal in November with the aim of raising £10,000 to help rough sleepers in Leicester.
The cash will go towards providing emergency beds for people who find themselves homeless this year.
A £2,500 donation from Caterpillar UK, in Desford, saw the campaign off to a good start, and donations from schools, churches and individuals have seen the total continue to rise. It now stands at just over £6,000.
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Action Homeless is urging people to keep donating.
Rob Parkinson, the charity's chief executive, said: "We are really grateful to everyone who has supported our winter appeal so far.
"After Christmas is over, it can be easy for us all to forget about the most vulnerable people in our community.
"If you've not made any new year's resolutions, why not think about supporting Action Homeless to help people affected by homelessness in Leicester."
With freezing temperatures arriving and the first snows of the winter beginning to fall, the emergency beds at Mayfield House, in the city centre, will become a lifeline for people who find themselves on the streets with nowhere to go.
Action Homeless is making its latest appeal ahead of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, which begins on Saturday, January 26.
"As temperatures start to drop, sleeping on the streets becomes ever more dangerous and we need to ensure that people who find themselves in this position have somewhere they can go," Mr Parkinson said.
There are about 1,000 people in Leicester classed as homeless and of those, about 11 sleep rough.
Action Homeless will be rounding off its appeal with Not The Big Snooze, a sponsored sleep-out, to be held on Friday, March 22.
The event will be held in a courtyard at the LCB Depot in Leicester's cultural quarter.
To make a donation, send a cheque payable to Action Homeless to Action Homeless, Ridgeway House, Little Hill, Newton Lane, Wigston, LE18 3SE.
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