Care Assistant, Lucie Haines, has worked throughout November and December to secure much-needed donations for our service users this Winter.

The campaign ‘A Christmas present for the homeless’, has brought together local businesses such as Cooper’s Cleans, The Punch Bowl At Worcester, Prince Of Wales in Warndon and many more who have donated items such as toiletries, food and clothing to create over 50 boxes.

Lucie Haines, Care Assistant at Latimer Court Care Home explains: “I wanted to raise donations for the Homeless this year as I went through a personal experience of being at risk of homelessness myself. I thought to myself this is how I feel just being at risk of homelessness and how must someone homeless feel.”

“I am also aware of someone who uses Maggs Day Centre and has heard about their work in the past. So I began looking up the work they do via their website and realised this is who I wish to donate to. Due to social media and spreading the word through my network, I’ve managed to get donations from Worcester retailers alongside small local independent businesses and people from the community. It’s delivered excellent results and I am truly grateful for every donation I have received so thank you.” 

Latimer Court Care Home acted as a drop off point for donations alongside Barbourne Ex Services Club which was put out each weekend for donations to be collected.

The donations will be taken to our Clothing Project, which is run solely on donations and is available for first-time use for a rough sleeper looking for bedding and clothing to survive the night or someone who has gained housing and in need of houseware to help survive a mainstream, independent tenancy.

Melissa Blewitt, Marketing and Relations Officer at Maggs Day Centre, confirms: “The team at Maggs are amazed by Lucie’s hard work on securing donations for us and her fantastic work will mean that our services will be stocked for our service users to benefit from for a long period. The number of rough sleepers has doubled in the last few months, so now more than ever we are feeling the demand to ensure that our service users have access to the best possible service we can provide to make their current living situation more bearable. Thank you Lucie for thinking of Maggs and helping us bring cheer to the homeless this Christmas!”