This year we chose to support the Barnabus homeless appeal for the third year running.

Barnabus are a homeless charity based in Manchester which started 25 years ago with just one man walking the streets, giving out food and drink to the homeless. They now offer a lifeline to hundreds of visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues.

They support their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and do all they can to help them get back into mainstream society. They have received the ‘unsung heroes’ Queens award for Voluntary Service, but they do not receive any government funding – they rely entirely on donations.

During the winter Barnabus runs a harvest appeal, where they ask for donations of clothes and other essential items to help those people who find themselves on the streets over the festive period and winter months.

This year we had a great response from staff members, collecting a van full of donated items, including winter clothing, toiletries and festive treats. The items were delivered to the Barnabus collection point in central Manchester just before Christmas.

We were pleased to be able to support this important charity again this year.

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