UKFast Helps Manchester's Homeless

Article date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:52 GMT

CEO of UKFast, Lawrence Jones

Manchester hosting and cloud specialist UKFast is volunteering its own team of Santa's little helpers by pairing up with The Booth Centre to feed the city's homeless this Christmas.

On 18th and 21st December, a team of volunteers from UKFast is setting up shop at The Booth Centre's headquarters of Manchester Cathedral; bringing with them a selection of clothes, gloves and hoodies, homemade soup, freshly baked cookies and sleeping bags.

CEO of UKFast, Lawrence Jones, commented: "While we're all preparing to get our Christmas shopping and go home to our families, it's important to bear in mind that not everyone is looking forward to the holidays as much as others. Just as UKFast is located in the heart of Manchester city's centre, community is at the heart of what we do - and with Christmas being the busiest time of the year for charities, we want to help a worthwhile cause.

"It's extraordinary that there are so many homeless people in the city and I was shocked to see how bad the problem is. The Booth Centre is a great charity and their tireless efforts helping to reduce the amount of homeless people in Manchester are incredible and I'm extremely proud of those taking the time to help both UKFast and The Booth Centre in spreading the Christmas spirit."

As one of the most challenging times of the year, The Booth Centre is relying on donations more than ever this Christmas, appealing to the public for contributions such as men's toiletries, cakes and biscuits, clothing and financial aid.

Jones continued: "I love Christmas, we had our friends and family event last night at work and it's wonderful to see all the mums, dads and children playing together. But, less than a stone's throw away, at the Cathedral is one of the most upsetting scenes I've ever witnessed.

"Right on our doorstep there are hundreds of people, destitute and alone, who need our help. It's so easy to run from meeting to meeting and focus on your next work priority, and miss the man on the street. Visiting the shelter is a wakeup call and a humbling experience. I recommend everyone getting involved."

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