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Winter coat appeal gives homeless a warm feeling

BAGS OF DONATIONS ... South Shields Chiropractor Craig Hall, left, with Winter Coat Amnesty co-founder Claire Paczko, and TVR Removals Craig Hobson and Robert Storey.
BAGS OF DONATIONS ... South Shields Chiropractor Craig Hall, left, with Winter Coat Amnesty co-founder Claire Paczko, and TVR Removals Craig Hobson and Robert Storey.

KIND-hearted people in South Tyneside have wrapped up a warmer Christmas for homeless people in the region.

Hundreds of items, including jumpers, scarves and coats, have been handed in to South Shields Chiropractors, in Coronation Street, South Shields, as part of a Winter Coat Amnesty.

The appeal, now in its fourth year, is run by Andy Brown and Claire Packzko with donations handed to Crisis – a charity for single homeless people – where the pair are long-serving volunteers.

The items are then given to vulnerable people in need of warm winter wear.

Ms Paczko said: “Every year the campaign and the generosity of local people never ceases to amaze us.

“This year in particular has been unprecedented in the amount of winter clothing we have received from not only the people of South Shields, but from across the North East.

“We are really grateful to Gary Hall and his team at South Shields Chiropractors for being one of our designated drop-off stations as without people like him the campaign wouldn’t be as successful as it is.

“We would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.”

The campaign is supported by businesses across the region, and the main supporter this year is the Co-Op.

Drop-off points are now closed, but items can still be handed in until December 12 to Crisis, which is based in City Road, Newcastle.

For information on the appeal, visit wintercoatamnesty.blogspot.co.uk

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