Sleeping bag call for South Tyneside’s homeless

A South Tyneside charity is making a desperate plea for sleeping bag donations to help the homeless this winter.

Volunteers at Hospitality and Hope have made the appeal as their supplies begin to fall.

They are now hoping for kind-hearted residents and businesses to come forward to help them replenish their stocks ahead of temperatures falling.

Amelia Luffrum, founder of the charity, said: “We only have a few sleeping bags left and with our funds being limited we are unable to replace them.

“We are also appealing for any businesses who can help us out in creating survival bags for people to put their sleeping bags in, so that they last a bit longer.

“It’s absolutely vital for those who are sleeping rough to have something warm in which to sleep in. And for those sleeping rough or are sofa surfing, this sleeping bag could be the only means of keeping themselves warm.”

People are signposted for help via the charity’s soup kitchen or other homeless charities.

Anyone able to make donation of sleeping bags or can help with survival bags can drop them at the charity’s base in Hampden Street, South Shields on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm or Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8pm.