Heart-warming acts of kindness

Just some of the donations from members of the public for residents of Wharfside

Just some of the donations from members of the public for residents of Wharfside

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HUNDREDS of donations have been pouring in for the residents left with nothing following the dramatic blaze at Wigan Pier flats.

People have turned up in their droves to deliver clothes, toys, food, toiletries and furniture for former tenants of Wharfside.

Just some of the donations from members of the public for residents of Wharfside

Just some of the donations from members of the public for residents of Wharfside

Collection points are located by Domino’s Pizza, Wigan Pier; Wigan Life Centre; any of the borough’s libraries; plus R Banks & Sons Funeral Homes, in Scholes, Standish, Pemberton, Up Holland and Tyldesley; as well as Edwards Funeral Home, in Holmwood/Dicconson Terrace, Wigan.

Staff at performing arts school ALRA, based at Mill at the Pier, next door, are currently sorting through the items to hand out to the occupants whose belongings have been destroyed by the fire which tore through the five-storey building on Heritage Way in the early hours of Sunday.

Around 30 students who lived in the flats, have been affected by the fire.

Co-director Adrian Hall said: “Around 30 students lived in the flats and most of them are wandering around with a big bag containing their entire lives. For those people, their studies have been disrupted as they have had to miss classes as they are attending emergency housing meetings and getting updates.

“But as far as possible we are trying to maintain normality by keeping going. Otherwise, the students will be going around not knowing what to do. No performances have been affected as we will start out next performance of Spring Awakening next Wednesday June 24. Only a few rehearsals have had to be rescheduled due to the Mill at the Pier being used as an emergency centre.

“The building will remain open for information meetings with the emergency services and Wigan Council for however long is needed. At the moment we are handling emergency donations that have been coming in, sorting clothes out into ages and sex. It has been piling in and we have had lots of volunteers helping out.”

At the time of print, two families with children had been placed into temporary accommodation.

Around 40 people are still at the Premier Inn, with the remainder of residents staying with family and friends.

Meanwhile The Old Courts in Crawford Street is holding a Music for the Mill concert on Saturday June 20 to raise funds for residents.

Several musicians will be taking part, including Lyon Road, whose lead singer Tom Byrom has a lot of friends from ALRA who have lost everything, and singer songwriter Jack Evans, who has lost everything to the fire except his guitar.

More acts will be confirmed in the coming days.

And downstairs in the Bailiff Bar, the Sent Down team and others will be hosting a small DJ night.

One of the resident DJs from Sent Down, Liam Turner, has also lost everything in the fire. Entry is £3 on the door. Doors are open at 7.30pm.