Concern at the need of residents in Harwich

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Concern at the need of residents in Harwich Concern at the need of residents in Harwich

A DESPERATE need for help in Harwich has seen struggling families without any bedding and schoolchildren with holes in their shoes.

Diane Boyd, who runs the Community Builder scheme at the Tendring Citizens Advice Bureau, said the scale of need in the town has been a surprise.

Last week it was revealed there had been a 60per cent rise in those seeking help from the Harwich foodbank.

Diane, who has been running the Winter Warmer scheme in the town, which provides free clothes and bedding to those in need, said: "We've far exceeded the 1000 items we handed out when it was held in Clacton.

"We've had families with children that have holes in their shoes.

"It's very concerning."

To contact the Citizens Advice Bureau in Harwich call 01255 377080.

To donate to the Harwich foodbank drop off items at the Salvation Army charity shop in George Street in Harwich.

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9:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

It is always worth remembering that charity shops tend to have a shortage of space. So try and donate for the current season if you can. There was a great appeal from the Royal Festival Hall for instance for coats in the autumn/winter.

It is always appreciated if clothes are clean and mended too. Perhaps there are people who will volunteer to wash and mend clothes too - a well as donating.

The elderly and ill often cannot do this/get out and about to find a service for this. When you lose a lot of weight you often need tucks and elastic put in your clothes. You are lucky to have a brilliant shop in Dovercourt specialising in this still. Haberdashery shops are sorely missed in other parts of the country!
It is always worth remembering that charity shops tend to have a shortage of space. So try and donate for the current season if you can. There was a great appeal from the Royal Festival Hall for instance for coats in the autumn/winter. It is always appreciated if clothes are clean and mended too. Perhaps there are people who will volunteer to wash and mend clothes too - a well as donating. The elderly and ill often cannot do this/get out and about to find a service for this. When you lose a lot of weight you often need tucks and elastic put in your clothes. You are lucky to have a brilliant shop in Dovercourt specialising in this still. Haberdashery shops are sorely missed in other parts of the country! zerowasteisthewaytogo
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