Warrington Collegiate’s shoe box appeal brings a smile to town’s homeless people

HOMELESS people across Warrington have been given a helping hand this Christmas thanks to Warrington Collegiate’s shoe box appeal.

More than 60 shoe boxes filled with gloves, scarves, hats, toothbrushes, chocolates and sweets were presented to the town’s YMCA on Thursday thanks to the community spirit of staff and students at the Winwick Road campus.

Hannah Swift, senior tutor in Construction and Engineering, was one of those behind the scheme and accompanied around a dozen students to the centre this week.

She said: “It was really heart-warming to see the students hand over the shoe boxes to some of the service users at the YMCA.

“Christmas time is about being together and sharing and everyone has really pulled together to make the shoe box appeal a real success and help out those less fortunate than us.

“We were able to meet some of those who use the centre which was a really eye-opening experience.

“Hopefully the donation will help Warrington’s homeless people and make winter a little easier for them.”

Around half a dozen blankets were also donated, which were crocheted by one of the College’s adult learners.

The YMCA’s centre on Winmarleigh Street is used by hundreds of people, with between 30 and 50 people attending every day.

Zoe Taylor, deputy manager at the centre, said: “We’re so grateful to Warrington Collegiate for their donation this Christmas. It will make a huge difference to our service users.

“It’s wonderful to see the students working together to help out the community – thank you so much.”