Leeds scheme’s £10,000 aim to help rough sleepers

CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN: Bag packing at Ho Ho Homeless.
CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN: Bag packing at Ho Ho Homeless.
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A charitable campaign that distributes food and clothing to rough sleepers in Leeds is back in the city to raise funds.

Ho, Ho, Homeless was launched two-years ago following a chance encounter between a rough sleeper in Leeds and the founding director of the Yorkshire Mafia (YM) business networking community.

The scheme is now asking local businesses to donate £100, with the aim of raising £10,000 in total. The money will be spent on packages for rough sleepers in the run up to Christmas.

Volunteer Bob Procter said: “I’ve been involved with Ho, Ho, Homeless since its launch two years ago.

“It has gone from a single donation by an entrepreneur who chose not to turn his back on a rough sleeper, to an inspiring activity that brings businesses together to make a real difference to people who are less fortunate.

“We are using the launch of the campaign this year to encourage 100 businesses from the YM to step forward and to become #100Strong as we commit to raising £10,000.

“It may seem like a big figure, but when you consider how much companies pay for client presents, which more often than not end up in raffles, it becomes much more achievable.

“As we work alongside specialist charities and agencies, we know that the donations get into the hands of those that are most in need and often hardest to reach.”

Warm clothing - such as jumpers, body warmers, socks, hats and scarves - and contributions of food are welcome, as are people who are willing to volunteer their time to help pack and deliver the hampers.

To get involved, call Mr Procter on 07740 620696 or email bob.p@aquapoint.co.uk