A RALLYING call has been sent out for people to help the homeless.
Leamington-based Helping Hands is asking residents and local businesses to take part in a sponsored sleep out and help raise much-needed funds for their new drop-in centre and shop on Gloucester Street.
The aim of the evening – which is taking place on Friday November 11 from 8pm – is to give an insight into what life is like for people living on the streets and how the charity is working to change it for the better.
Those who take part will brave the elements in the former graveyard next to Gloucester Street until 8am on Saturday morning.
Father Christopher Wilson of All Saints has already pledged his support and scores of supportive people have signed up.
Helping Hands manager Lianne Kirkman, said: “Our sponsored sleep out is open to everyone and we are extremely grateful to all those who have pledged their support so far.
“We would like to get more companies and groups of friends involved who want to brave the winter weather and enter teams to raise money for Helping Hands.
“The sleep out is also an opportunity for us to share details about the work of Helping Hands and what we are doing and planning to do to help people off the streets of Leamington and the surrounding towns.”
The charity works alongside the police and council to support vulnerable and homeless in Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick.
Tickets for the sleep out can be booked by visiting eventbrite.co.uk and search Helping Hands Community Project Sleep Out.
Email Helpinghandslwk@gmail.com to find out more.
* CHRISTIAN organisations from across Leamington are explaining more about how they support vulnerable people.
Those suffering from addiction, homelessness or debt are all helped by local charities including Helping Hands and the Salvation Army Way Ahead Project,
The free event will tell about how the organisations help local people in need.
It will be held on Thursday October 20 between 7pm to 8.30pm at Christ Church in Priory Terrace