Gig to help homeless people

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a gig will launch the northern branch of a charity helping homeless people and boost its funds.

The Music For Kits fundraiser will feature One Sided Horse, Glass Mountain and Emerald Sunday as well as most of West Yorkshire’s very own Embrace.

One Sided Horse will headline the event, appearing live with four-fifths of Embrace: Richard McNamara on guitar; Mickey Dale on keyboards; Steve Firth on bass; and Mike Heaton on drums.

The gig, to be held at The Lending Room at The Library, Woodhouse Lane, on March 11, will raise money for the One Big Family - Helping The Homeless charity, which was founded in 2015 in Chatham, Kent, by Liz and Darren Shaw, to serve homeless people in the Medway and London areas.

Their aim, alongside providing two soup kitchens, is to provide those in need with essential items such as clothing, hats, gloves, hand warmers, hand cream, lip salve, toiletries, sanitary products, blankets, sleeping bags, food and water as well as time for a chat, a hug and a smile.

Supported by Embrace, it become logical to launch a northern branch of the charity, known as One Big Family – Helping The Homeless – Yorkshire.

Jayne Pugh, who co-ordinates the northern branch, said: “We are up and running. We are still finding our feet here in Yorkshire but we completed our first drop in Huddersfield in early January. We gave out sleeping bags, warm clothing, hats, gloves and provided warm drinks and snacks to those in need, and sat with and chatted to those who wanted company. A kind word goes a long way.”

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