Warm front for charity coat collector

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More than 30 coats have been donated by staff from Chorley Community Housing (CCH) to a charity that aims to help homeless people.

The Big Coat Collection was organised by Peter Woods, senior programme coordinator with CCH’s parent company Adactus Housing Group.

The coats were collected on behalf of the Mustard Tree charity, which aims to help homeless people who sleep rough. Last winter 5,000 deaths occurred in the North West, many because of lack of heating and warm clothing.

Mr Woods heard the plea on the radio. He said: “The uniqueness of this charity drive was that they were not looking for a new coat or even money towards a new coat. All they were asking for was simply a coat that you no longer use.”

Mark Foster, head of planned works at Adactus, said: “Pete’s actions in asking staff to bring in that coat that’s been hanging on the back of the door or waiting for a fashion revival in the wardrobe will play a big part in helping the homeless and the destitute through the winter months.”