Providing for borough’s poor

From left - Reverend Stephen Dunn, Nolan Bradshaw,Trish Green, Lynne Zanni, Mike Kerry and Howard Green
From left - Reverend Stephen Dunn, Nolan Bradshaw,Trish Green, Lynne Zanni, Mike Kerry and Howard Green
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A NEW joint initiative is to be launched in Wigan which aims to provide poorer families in the borough with furniture and household goods.

Queen’s Hall Methodist Church is working in collaboration with Billinge Family Church to develop The Storehouse - a recycling furniture project to donate items.

The scheme will be based in the former bakery in Cross Street, Wigan, and will be up and running next month.

Rev Stephen Dunn, of Queen’s Hall Methodist Church, said: “Queen’s Hall and Billinge Family Church do similar work with homeless people and people on low incomes.

“We have The Brick homeless centre and the Home From Home scheme, which is a charity shop where we give furniture away and Billinge has its own Storehouse Project, which donates clothing, food parcels and furniture.

“With real poverty a reality in Wigan we are looking to increase our work with the poor and marginalised, we feel that we can do this better together, so we have entered into a partnership and obtained a huge warehouse.

“The Brick has seen demand grow as volunteers are delivering more than 40 parcels a week.

“We would welcome any other churches who wanted to get involved.”

Mike Kerry, of Billinge Family Church, said: “We have a garage full of furniture waiting to be sent out .

“So we wrote to the chief executive of the council and Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue who have been very supportive.

“They put us in touch with John Mason, who owns the premises which we will rent for free for two years.

“We are appealing for good quality items, such as furniture, clothes and bedding and non-perishable foods to be sent out to people in need.”

To mark the launch the organisers are holding a praise meeting on Sunday June 9 at 3pm at the new site.