Charity bid is coated in success

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MORE than 100 coats have been donated by a housing association in Leigh to a charity that aims to help homeless people.

Peter Woods, senior programme co-ordinator with Adactus Housing Association, organised The Big Coat Collection on behalf of the Mustard Tree charity, which aims to help homeless people who sleep rough.

Last winter, more than 5,000 deaths occurred in the North West, many because of lack of heating and warm clothing.

Peter said: “The uniqueness of this charity drive was that they were not looking for a new coat or even money towards a new coat. All they were asking for was simply a coat that you no longer use.

“I am extremely pleased with the amount of coats that were donated by Adactus staff and I am sure that Mustard Tree will be over the moon!”

Mark Foster, head of planned works with Adactus, said: “Pete’s actions in asking staff to bring in that coat that’s been hanging on the back of the door or waiting for a fashion revival in the wardrobe will play a big part in helping the homeless and the destitute through the winter months.”