A Whitley Bay shop is welcoming donations of warm clothes and blankets for the winter as part of a campaign to help the homeless.
Jo Burns, from Papercuts Ltd on Park Avenue, has teamed up with friend Kerry Lister-Pattinson for the Making Winter Warmer For Those Without campaign, in order to give those living on the streets some warmth.
Kerry decided one night that she wanted to put a few things together, and after a Facebook status, it spiralled in to Jo, and others, helping too.
And Jo knows first hand how sleeping on the streets can have devastating consequences, after the death of her friend Lee Halpin, earlier this year.
Jo said: “A friend of mine died earlier in the year when filming a documentary about homelessness.
“He died cold and alone and that shouldn’t happen to anyone and it brought the reality of homelessness to me, and then reading what Kerry was doing made me want to help .”
Now the shop is one of 20 drop-off points in the North East where people can take jumpers coats, hats, gloves, blankets and other essentials.
Angels of the North have provided a base for the donated items, which will be put in to rucksacks and handed out to those on the streets in Newcastle.
Honorary Chief Executive Officer Barbara Connors-Fowler said: “We are particularly pleased that we have also been able to offer free storage and distribution facilities to Making Winter Warmer in one of our six local warehouses and their partnership with Angels of the North will provide all the physical, financial and legal back-up services that the project needs, including providing fundraising facilities on a regular basis.
“Jo and Kerry are extremely enthusiastic about their project and I am confident that they will meet their objectives.”.
For more details contact Papercuts or join the Make Winter Warmer group on Facebook at here