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Preston schools unite to help the homeless

Posted on - 20th October, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Schools, Uncategorized
Karen Wallis from Emmaus Preston with pupils from St Bernard’s Primary School

Five Preston schools took part in activities to support the city’s homeless on World Homeless Day 2018.

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On Wednesday October 10, pupils at Ashton Community Science College, Cardinal Newman College, Ribbleton Avenue Infant School, St Bernard’s RC Primary School and St Patrick’s RC Primary School collected food and blankets to be distributed through the homeless charity Emmaus.

Among them was Ribbleton Avenue Infant School, where pupils completed a variety of activities to raise awareness, support Emmaus Preston and people currently homeless.

Pupils at Ribbleton Avenue Infant school with their harvest collection for Emmaus homeless charity

Jessica Kitt, Extra-Curricular and Healthy Eating Coordinator at the school, said: “Ribbleton Avenue was a hive of activity on World Homeless Day and throughout the week. The Year 1 children hosted a harvest assembly in front of parents and the rest of the school. The children kindly donated lots of harvest food, which we gave to Emmaus Preston. The school council also gave lots of foil blankets to help the Preston homeless community keep a little warmer this winter.”

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides.

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Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston, said: “We are extremely grateful to all the Preston schools that have taken part in World Homeless Day activities. Their generous support will have a direct positive impact on the people supported by Emmaus Preston.

“With the kind support of individuals, businesses, schools and partner organisations, Emmaus Preston is able to continue to offer a home, training and work opportunities to people who have experienced homelessness.”

Read more: Family fun day to help Emmaus Preston

Emmaus Preston supports formerly homeless people by providing a home and meaningful work in a community setting. The charity operates three large social enterprises in the city, providing valuable work opportunities whilst generating an income to help sustain the support offered by Emmaus Preston.

Karen Wallis from Emmaus Preston collecting donations

Read more about Emmaus Preston or call 01772 796622 to get involved. Donations can be made at the Emmaus Preston Megastore on Brookfield Street or stores at Fishergate and Deepdale Mill Street.

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