OUR Winter Warmers campaign has been a real community effort, with more than 50 bags full of clothing having been donated in the past month.
We’ve been inundated with kind individuals, community groups and organisations donating their unwanted winter items and even some newly-knitted creations.
One group which has shown massive support for the campaign in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP) and Age UK West Sussex is Transition Town Worthing (TTW).
Members of TTW, along with Caroline Wilbor and her customers from the Woolbar in Montague Street, have been busy knitting hats and gloves for the homeless.
Chairman Gillian Limbrey said: “We presented an amazing 34 hats, 27 matching hat and glove sets, two snoods, one scarf, one collar and 45 hand-warmers. These items will be distributed to homeless people in Worthing.”
Another group, called Knit Together, made 85 hats and donated £110 to the charity.
Louise Brooks from WCHP said: “We would like to say a very big thank you to the kind readers of the Herald and Gazette for their generous donations of clothing during the Winter Warmers appeal. The charity has been inundated with donations and we have been able to distribute warm clothing to people experiencing homelessness in our area.”
Caron Lewis from Age UK West Sussex said: “We have been delighted with the generosity of residents donating coats and winter blankets to the Age UK shops which will enable some older people to stay warm this winter.”
The charity has been compiling a report about the effects of the cold on older people in West Sussex.
It found a quarter will wear outdoor clothing inside to keep warm.
Next week, we meet some of the people who have been given some of the donated items, to find out how the campaign has benefited them.
Anyone wishing to make a final donation should drop items off direct to the charities.
The Herald office, in Chatsworth Road, Worthing, is no longer accepting donations.