Update on ‘The BIG Give’

Date published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IMPACT Community Church and Oldham RLFC, partners in a project to help the poor and needy this Christmas, have been encouraged by the response to an appeal for tinned food and warm clothing.

“We’ve had excellent support so far, but people have up to and including Friday to donate items and we are hoping donations will keep on coming,” said the Roughyeds chairman, Chris Hamilton.

He and Lee Marsland, the man driving the church’s ‘Big Give’ Christmas project, were on the streets of city centre Manchester last night (Mon) handing out clothing and hot drinks to the homeless.

Impact volunteers are also in the process of co-ordinating deliveries of donations and making up food hampers for distribution to the needy in various parts of the borough, including Limehurst, Hollins and Collier Hill.

Donations will be accepted all this week at the The Royal Bank of Scotland, Church Terrace, Oldham; main reception at Oasis Academy, Hollins Road, Oldham; or at the refreshment hut at Oldham RL Club’s Whitebank Stadium, Limehurst Village between 11.30am and 1pm either this Wednesday (tomorrow) or on Friday.

Mr Hamilton will also be distributing sandwiches to the homeless in Manchester over Christmas thanks to donations of food from Pret a Manger, Manchester and from The Grill, New York Street, Manchester, which is part of the Living Ventures group of restaurants.

He added: “They were both keen to be involved and we are very grateful to them. Their support will make a huge difference to the amount of food we can distribute to people who are desperately in need of it.

“Our thanks also go to Oasis and RBS for their help in taking in donations of food and clothes.

“Our town has a reputation for rising to the challenge at a time of need. To have Oasis and RBS on board is a major boost.

“Roughyeds and Impact Community Church will make sure every donation reaches those who need it most.”

David Hayes, principal of Oasis Academy Oldham, added: “Community projects like this are at the heart of what Oasis Academy stands for.

“Lots of people who are less fortunate than ourselves need help. We are encouraging our staff to support this venture and we hope the Academy will be awash with donations over the next couple of days.”