December 2014: Caring students delivers for homeless

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TWO car loads of clothing from students and staff at Haslingden High School were delivered to a homeless charity in Manchester.

An after-school club Care to Cook? has been set up by teacher Lisa Southee after she forged links with Coffee4Craig, a Manchester-based charity helping the homeless.

Miss Southee said: “The charity was running a street store and as well as the clothing I also took food down to be distributed.

“It allowed the people who were homeless to have a shopping experience because they could choose the clothing they wanted from the different items that had been donated.

“There was a really special atmosphere and there was a fantastic amount of clothing that they could select and anything that was left over went to shelters around the area.”

Haslingden High School is also running the annual hamper collection.  Students, staff and families are donating items that will be given out to those in need of Christmas cheer. Local residents, the elderly, a women’s refuge, food banks, homeless shelters and the Rochdale dogs’ home will all benefit. Many generous donations have been made with tutor groups, friends and faculties pulling together to make a difference.