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Local residents are being encouraged to donate unwanted coats to their local YMCA to help keep the homeless warm through the cold weather.
It is estimated that each night 3500 young people are sleeping rough on the streets throughout the UK, there are also many more uncounted who sofa surf. Keeping warm is one of the hardest things they will face as many have nothing to their name other than a carrier bag with some bare essentials. As part of their Sleep Easy 2017 appeal, YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough are urging Cambridge residents to dig out their unwanted coats and donate them to the homeless rather than putting them in the bin.
Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said:
“Most of us have the ability to buy a warm coat that will see us through the cold weather. For many one the streets they simply cant afford this luxury so struggle to keep warm each night. Many people in the community will have coats stored away at the back of the wardrobe or in a cupboard. We are urging you to take the time to dig them out and donate them to our Sleep Easy appeal”.
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough runs 3 accommodation services across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and works with over 450 young people and families every year.
Anyone who wants to donate can drop off their unwanted coats at our collection box in The Cresset, Bretton Peterborough.
To find out more please email email@example.com or Call: 01733 373188.
To register your place for Sleep Easy 2017 please visit Eventbrite