Great Manchester Run clothing donations go extra mile for charity

Items of clothing discarded by participants at the recent Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run have benefitted two local charities, including St Ann’s

By News Team on June 8, 2017

GM Run Clothing Collection at Barnabus

Our volunteers went the extra mile by collecting clothes left at the start of the half marathon and 10k run with the help of Heaton Mersey based removal company Movers Transport.

Some items were kept for sale in our 14 shops, with the remainder being donated to another good cause, Barnabus, which helps local homeless people in Manchester.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said:  “As a Manchester charity we were really pleased to work with The Great Run Company in this way, and even more delighted to be able to support another local organisation too.  It’s great to know that any items of clothes that we would be unable to sell in our shops will be passed on to the homeless communities that the Barnabus team supports. Collaboration, for the good of all our communities, is in our DNA.”

Carol Price Head of Fundraising and Development from Barnabus Manchester, said:  “We’re so blessed to have been chosen by St Ann’s to receive this generous donation of clothes to help the homeless in Manchester and would like to thank everyone who came together to make this possible.

“Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity and we’ve been providing a lifeline to the homeless in Manchester for over 25 years. We’re not government funded and rely on generous donations to support our work.

“Barnabus provides hope, support and opportunities to empower homeless people to improve and rebuild their lives sustainably. We typically see 500-600 visits per week from rough sleepers and homeless people coming into our City Centre Drop-in and Support Office. We also run a joint Allotment Project, our own Bond Guarantee Tenancy Scheme and an Up-cycling Furniture Enterprise.”

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We have fourteen charity shops all over Greater Manchester, stocking a wide range of quality pre-loved clothes, accessories, books, toys, furniture and homeware as well as new gifts and cards, at very reasonable prices.

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