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Reverse Advent for Mad Dogs Street Project

Posted at 4:16 pm on 19th December, 2019

Wellacre supports homeless charity

Wellacre Academy students and staff have generously donated over 700 food items, toiletries, hats and gloves this year as part of a Reverse Advent campaign for the Mad Dogs Street Project. 

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The annual Reverse Advent event, throughout December, encourages the school community to donate items to a nominated charity.  This year, Wellacre selected the Mad Dogs Street Project to support the homeless in Manchester at Christmas. 

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The Mad Dogs Street Project is a community-led initiative, staffed by volunteers.  The team provides food, clothes, blankets and more to the homeless of Manchester and the suburbs.  The project cooks hot meals every day and deliver them to people on the streets. They also give them essential items to help the homeless survive on the streets.

Mrs Irwin, Teacher of RE, co-ordinated the appeal at Wellacre and said:

“The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged to end rough sleeping by 2020 and Wellacre students learned about various organisations which aim to help the homeless.  

“We asked staff and students to support the Reverse Advent with the message that if we all donate just one item, we could make a big difference and our community did not disappoint! 

Thank you to everyone who charitably supported Wellacre’s appeal.”  

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Wellacre’s Achievement Tutors launched the appeal with students and raised awareness of the big issue of homelessness in our city and how people find themselves in this situation, for example, social causes or life events.  

The school’s Houses - Lowry, Turing and Pankhurst - worked as teams to collect as many items as possible, and deliver them to their House captains.  The haul of essential goods were collected by the Mad Dogs Street Project, who will distribute them over the festive season. 

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James Hutton, representative for the Mad Dogs Street Project, said:

“Thank you very much for supporting the Mad Dogs Street Project team.  We take hot food, clothes, toiletries, drinks, sleeping bags and more out to the streets and hostels six nights a week and we just love acts of kindness like this from Wellacre.”