Concord

student helping the homeless this Christmas

Tuesday November 12, 2019

6.2 student Ruth introduced a life-changing charity initiative to Concord’s staff and students before the half term break, to help the homeless this autumn and winter. Ruth is helping raise awareness for the homeless in the Shrewsbury, Telford and Worcester areas, particularly in the lead up to Christmas where temperatures will significantly drop – and also providing them with much-needed clothing. The initiative focuses on collecting and donating socks, hats, gloves, scarves and even coats to the homeless people in Shrewsbury and surrounding areas, through a local charity. Said Ruth: “I was inspired to do this through personal experiences and things I’ve witnessed before in both London and Shrewsbury. I strongly believe these people need our help. “Although this was something I created with my sister, I’m planning on distributing the clothing at a soup kitchen for the homeless, run by The Shrewsbury Ark – a local charity for the homeless. “I’ll be overjoyed when I can hand out the clothing to those in need and to meet the people we’ll be helping. “After introducing this initiative to family, friends and the Concord community, I hope we can collect enough items to make a significant difference for the homeless. Ruth added: “Hopefully I can distribute the clothing by the end of November!” Ruth is also raising awareness of this through scheme by participating in poetry open mics with her original poetry, in addition to busking locally with her younger sister Macy during her spare time, evenings and weekends, in pubs, restaurants and even local festivals. If you feel you would like to help, Ruth will be setting up a collection box at the college for students, staff and their families to donate clothing.