Two borough charities have joined forces to support a unique mobile clothes bus that distributes quality secondhand clothing in the region.
The Angels of the North and Making Winter Warmer for Those Without, are supporting the St Cuthberts Care 5p bus, that visits more than 160 venues across the north east each month giving clothing to those who need it.
The 5p bus, which sells items for just 5p each, visits North Tyneside on the third Wednesday of each month – Young Parents’ Scheme, Purley Close, Howdon at 10.15am, Oaktrees, 1 Alnwick Avenue, Wallsend at 11 am, Riverside Children’s Centre, North Shields at 11.45am, Outside Aldi on Tynemouth Road, Howdon at 1 pm, and St Paul’s Community Partnership, Willington Quay at 2.30pm.
Angels of the North’s honorary chief executive officer, Barbara Connors-Fowler, said: “The 5p bus already provides clothing and other basic essentials to over 1,500 people in need.
“Recently I have heard of three different families who were destitute and items from the 5p bus were able to make their lives more comfortable until longer term help could be arranged.”
Kerry Lister-Pattinson, who founded Making Winter Warmer with her friend Jo-Anne Burns, added: “We have a warehouse, provided by Angels of the North free of cost, that is full of donated clothing which is perfect for the 5p bus.
“We are delighted to be in a position to pass on to the 5p bus so much clothing that we have collected as a result of generous responses from the public to our appeals.”