A winter clothes appeal organised by a Moorlands resident has seen an overwhelming response with hundreds of people donating their items of clothing for the needy. Charlie Babington, from Cheadle, set up the initiative with a heart to help the homeless and vulnerable this Christmas.
A winter clothes appeal organised by a Moorlands resident has seen an overwhelming response with hundreds of people donating their items of clothing for the needy.
Charlie Babington, from Cheadle, set up the initiative with a heart to help the homeless and vulnerable this Christmas.
The garden landscaper’s family regularly donates items to charity shops and he explained how that led to his idea of setting up a bigger collection scheme.
“As I’m sure lots of families do this time of year, we had a clear out of cupboards etcetera and found we had six or seven coats that were of no use to us anymore,” he told the Times and Echo.
“We seem to always be taking toys, clothes, games to the charity shops, but we’ve not thrown ourselves into anything like this before, as far as running it ourselves anyway.
“So we thought maybe there was a shelter or charity we could donate them to. Then my wife mentioned my work (Facebook) page and how lovely it would be to see if anyone else had any coats to donate.”
Charlie said he had hoped to bring in around 50 coats but ended up receiving four times as much.
He said: “We have finished the appeal hitting 200 coats. That’s not including the countless hats, gloves, scarves (even handmade scarves), over-trousers and much more.
“It’s been an unbelievable reaction at the end of a horrendous year and I can’t thank the people of Cheadle and surrounding areas enough.”
On Saturday, the items of clothing were donated to Hanley-based Christian drop-in support service Manna House who help those who find themselves in desolate situations.
Charlie said that he hopes he can assist the service and the terrific work they do across next year and beyond after experiencing two heartbreaking losses himself in 2020.
He continued: “It’s been a rough year. On top of the obvious strains we’ve all had to struggle with, as a family we suffered two bereavements close together which rocked us.
“The feeling we have had off the back of this, knowing we may help someone in need is really all the encouragement needed.
“Manna House are always willing and grateful to take any donation people can offer, be it financial, their time or otherwise.
“I would recommend giving them a call and seeing how you can help.”
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