Last minute plea for public to support Human Appeal's 'Wrap Up Manchester' campaign

  • Greater Manchester's top Liberal Democrats have pleaded with the public to donate as many coats as possible to the charity.
  • Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate, Jane Brophy and former Manchester MP, John Leech visited the city's Human Appeal centres to donate clothing and raise campaign profile.

Prominent campaigners in Greater Manchester have made a last minute appeal to the public for any spare coats to be donated to Human Appeal's 'Wrap Up Manchester' campaign before the 18th of November deadline.

Greater Manchester's top Liberal Democrats John Leech and Jane Brophy visited Human Appeal's centres in Trafford and Altrincham to donate clothing, speak to organisers about how they could support the charity's work tackling homelessness in Manchester and raise the campaign's profile.

Wrap Up Manchester is Human Appeal's winter campaign that aims to collect old and unwanted coats from members of the public, and gives them directly to those in need during the winter months.

Liberal Democrats' Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate, Cllr. Jane Brophy, said: "Speaking with organisers today and seeing the heroic work Human Appeal does has been truly eyeopening.

"It's clear that their work is changing the lives of the most vulnerable across Britain, and if elected as mayor of Greater Manchester I will work hard to ensure Human Appeal gets significantly more support to continue carrying out their vital work.

"Anyone with any spare clothing should head to Human Appeal's website to find out their nearest drop off point."

Former Manchester MP turned sole opposition councillor, John Leech, added: "The work Human Appeal does both here in Manchester and across the country is of serious significance and importance to so many people's lives, and it has been a real honour to be a part of their invaluable work today.

"I have worked with Human Appeal many times before and I look forward to doing so again.

Mr Leech pleaded: "The winter months are very often the toughest times for vulnerable people across Manchester, but it doesn't have to be this way. Today I really must urge anyone who can spare a coat, jacket, blanket or any other warm clothing to please donate it to Human Appeal at one of their donation centres as soon as possible!"

Human Appeal is a humanitarian aid charity based in Manchester, whose work ranges from combatting homelessness to supporting refugees, will be following up the emergency aid they provided to victims of the floods that hit the UK in December last year. As one of the UK’s fastest growing charities, they have a presence in 25 countries, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, they help in times of crisis and deliver sustainable development programmes in the world’s poorest nations.

Human Appeal's CEO, Othman Moqbel, said: “Last winter, we were reminded that the UK is not immune to natural disasters, as Storm Desmond and Storm Eva hit and caused heavy flooding and £1.5 billion worth of damage. We helped provide emergency aid whilst the floods were at the worst in December and now we are trying to keep as many of Manchester's homeless warm this winter.

"We'd like to thank councillors John Leech and Jane Brophy for donating their coats today and helping to raise the profile of our campaign."

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