A huge donation of essential groceries, clothes and bedding collected by staff from Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group has all gone to Nightsafe, a charity which supports homeless and vulnerable people aged 16-24 years across the borough.
These were handed over by CCG Chair, Graham Burgess and administration apprentice Ashleigh Davies.
Graham said: “I’m always astonished at how generous people can be, but everyone at the CCG was eager to help. Nightsafe does amazing work to support those young people who don’t have a permanent home to get them off the streets and turn their life around.”
Following Ashleigh’s participation in a recent mass sleep-out in the town centre aimed at raising more awareness of homelessness, this really hit home for her and she wanted to do more to help.
She said: “In support of my sleep out on 1 December, I didn’t really want to ask people for money at this expensive time of year so I asked Nightsafe what they really needed. They needed clothes so I asked my colleagues, friends and family to donate any unwanted clothes.
“I have collected over 30 bags of clothes, duvets and blow up beds which I have donated to Nightsafe to help. Most of the stuff is second hand but its clean and more importantly it is warm.”