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Christmas funds given to homeless charity

Christmas funds given to homeless charity
Some of the goodies on offer at one of the fund-raising stalls at this year's Christmas Market.
Monday 20th December 2010 by C. Freeman
More than £1500 raised by the mufti days and Christmas markets at Brooke Weston has been presented to a charity for the homeless in Northampton. The Year 10 and Sixth Form students made and sold a range of Christmas goodies, such as decorations, jewellery and cards as well as running competitions and raffles.

The market took place outside the Weston Theatre as both the upper and lower schools celebrated Christmas with a traditional turkey dinner followed by an afternoon in the disco, on Tuesday and Wednesday of the final week of term.

Ms Sarah Passam, deputy manager of the Northampton Hope Centre, was presented with a cheque for £1510 by Miss Stringer at the lower school assembly. She told students that it will make a big difference to their work this festive season. Around 100 homeless people will be fed and befriended by volunteers on Christmas Day and the money from Brooke Weston will go towards food and goodie bags.

Ms Passam said: ‘There will be between 90 and 100 meals that it will pay for and we usually have a choice of meat and vegetables, puddings and crackers. We are trying to give each person a little parcel on Christmas Day with a tube of sweets, chocolate, a hat, gloves and scarf. It is quite an emotional day for some.

'There are two types of homeless people, the ones you see on the streets and others who are sleeping on friends’ sofas, but don’t have a place to call their own. It’s not all about drug addicts and alcoholics that we see on television, it is about proper people, caring for them and making a difference.’

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