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Clothes For Christmas Appeal to help the homeless launched

HELP THE HOMELESS WITH CLOTHES FOR CHRISTMAS…Peter McVerry from U105, Paul Doyle from Translink and James McGinn from Hastings Hotels are pictured at the launch of the Clothes for Christmas Appeal.

HELP THE HOMELESS WITH CLOTHES FOR CHRISTMAS…Peter McVerry from U105, Paul Doyle from Translink and James McGinn from Hastings Hotels are pictured at the launch of the Clothes for Christmas Appeal.

HELP THE HOMELESS WITH CLOTHES FOR CHRISTMAS…Peter McVerry from U105, Paul Doyle from Translink and James McGinn from Hastings Hotels are pictured at the launch of the Clothes for Christmas Appeal.

Following the recent act of kindness by Translink bus driver Paul Doyle who stopped his bus to give someone in need a winter coat, he has inspired three leading local companies to team up to launch the Clothes for Christmas Appeal.

Paul’s employers Translink along with Hastings Hotels and U105 have joined forces with the Council for the Homeless NI and SOS Bus NI to encourage people to donate very specific clothing items that are most in need to help vulnerable people stay warm during the coldest time of the year.

Joanne Harvey, Group Marketing Manager for Hastings Hotels said: “We were very touched when we heard about Paul Doyle’s recent gesture which really is the epitome of kindness. It is very sad to know that Northern Ireland currently has almost 20,000 homeless households and it really brings home how unfortunate some people are. Which is why we all need to do our bit to help people who are less fortunate, especially at this time of year when the weather is at its worst.”

Peter McVerry, U105’s Station Manager said: “I’m delighted that Hastings Hotels and Translink, two of Northern Ireland’s leading companies, have come on board with U105 to launch the Clothes for Christmas Appeal. Without their help we wouldn’t have been able to put together such a wide list of locations for people to drop off their donations to. People can bring their donations to any six of the Hastings Hotels and ten of Translink’s stations.”

Translink’s Ciaran Doherty said: “Paul’s simple act of kindness for someone in need has touched the hearts of people right across the UK and further afield. He has helped to shine a spotlight on the serious issue of homelessness and raise awareness on how members of the public can help the most vulnerable in our society. Christmas is always a very busy time of year for us with people out shopping, visiting friends and family or heading to social occasions so we are encouraging our customers travelling by bus and train over the festive season to support the Clothes for Christmas Appeal – even a small donation can make a big difference!”

Ricky Rowledge from the Council for the Homeless NI said: “Christmas can be a very difficult time for people separated from family and a home. Council for the Homeless NI and SOS Bus NI thank U105, Hastings Hotels and Translink  not only for raising awareness of the problem of homelessness in NI but more importantly, encouraging us all to provide practical help through the Clothes for Christmas Appeal.”

The items being requested are:

Jeans (32-34 waist)

NEW underwear – mens boxers and ladies pants

Shoes – trainers and boots (mens sizes 8-11)

Winter coats

Warm hoodies and jumpers

Toiletries: toothbrushes / deodorant roll-ons / shampoo / shower gel / ladies sanitary products and hairbrushes

 

Drop off points are:

Belfast: Europa Hotel, Stormont Hotel, Belfast Central Station, Laganside Buscentre

Co Antrim: Ballygally Castle, Antrim Bus & Rail Centre, Ballymena Bus Station, Carrickfergus Train Station

Co Down: Culloden Estate & Spa, Bangor Bus & Rail Centre, Downpatrick Buscentre, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Lisburn Train Station, Newtownards Bus Station

Co Derry/Londonderry: Everglades Hotel, Foyle Street Bus Station

 

For further information go to www.u105.com/clothesforchristmas/ and join the conversation online #clothesforchristmas

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